Apple Awards $10 Million to COVID-19 Testing Kit Maker From Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Apple has announced it is awarding $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a market leader in sample collection kits that play a critical role in COVID-19 testing across the United States.


The funding aims to allow COPAN to rapidly accelerate the supply of sample collection kits for hospitals across the U.S., expanding production from several thousand today to more than one million kits per week by early July.

Apple says it will also support COPAN's expansion to a new, larger facility in Southern California that will be built out with advanced equipment that Apple is helping to design.

"We feel a deep sense of responsibility to do everything we can to help medical workers, patients, and communities support the global response to COVID-19," said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. "COPAN is one of the world's most innovative manufacturers of sample collection kits for COVID-19 testing, and we're thrilled to partner with them so they can expand as we work to address this critical issue for our nation. I couldn't be prouder of our teams for bringing all of their energy, passion, and innovative spirit to supporting the country’s COVID-19 response."

"We're excited to forge this new relationship with Apple, whose teams are already making a huge difference with our efforts to scale up the production of our sample collection and transport kits," said Norman Sharples, CEO of COPAN Diagnostics. "Collection and transport kits are a critical component in the fight against COVID-19. At COPAN, we're excited and grateful for this partnership with Apple as our strong beliefs of innovation, quality, and excellence in manufacturing and design are perfectly aligned. Apple's operational expertise will help us increase delivery of important pre-analytical tools for medical professionals across the country at this critical time."

Apple is sourcing equipment and materials for the project from companies across the U.S., including equipment Apple is helping design from K2 Kinetics, based in York, Pennsylvania, and MWES in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Apple has donated several million dollars toward the global COVID-19 response, including Global Citizen and America's Food Fund. It has also designed and distributed almost 10 million face shields, sourced over 30 million face masks for healthcare professionals, and developed a COVID-19 exposure notification API for use by public health authorities around the world.

CEO Tim Cook announced Apple's $1 billion Fund for Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in May 2017. The other major benefactor since then has been Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass).

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24 weeks ago
Apple putting their money where their mouth is nonstop with this pandemic and their response. Truly laudable.
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24 weeks ago


Why only 10 million when Apple has trillions of dollars?

1)You're going to get torched here by people who say "who are you to decide how much Apple gives to any cause?"

2)Apple has given money to multiple causes to help combat covid19

3)Apple has supplied face shields/masks

4)Apple is likely spreading its donations around. So rather than giving 1 sole company $100 million, it's trying to help combat covid19 from various angles

5)$10 million is actually a pretty sizeable donation to a company. There might be more down the road to this company from Apple. Apple is also helping this company in other ways, too, according to the article.

6)This company might already be receiving other donations/help from other entities

7)Lastly, $10 million might be more than enough to help. Thus, giving more money would be pointless.
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24 weeks ago
Well done (again) Apple!
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24 weeks ago


Why only 10 million when Apple has trillions of dollars?

They don't have trilliions, they might be worh 1 trillion, and Apple has helped in a lot of ways. This kind of post shows how ungrateful people can be.
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24 weeks ago


I agree. why is everyone going crazy when a trillion dollar company releases a pr statement giving a TINY [tax deductible] grant to anther company..

If Steve was alive he would put money where his mouth is and make a REAL difference and get r&d to design and manufacture masks and face shields instead of this virtue signalling propaganda.

I am all for a quick end to the death and suffering from this disgusting virus which originated from wuhan china but i will not be a blind fanboy boot licker worshiping every covid-19 related action from Apple and Lord cook.

In your haste to try and criticize Apple and come off like an ungrateful person on this forum, there are some flaws in your critique:
1. This is an Apple website, hence the bias toward Apple. Some posters noted a lot of others are doing their fair share, but MacRumors is primarily and Apple website.
2. You don't know what Steve would have done. He's dead. Notwithstanding maybe you didn't know the Apple shipped it's own PPE to needed places, organizations and people.
3. You don't have to be a blind fanboy, only an open-minded and reasonable individual to see that Apple (amongst others) is doing what it can in terms of materials, people power, hardware, software and money.
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24 weeks ago
Moderator Note:

Please keep the political posts out of the thread. Thanks
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