Greensboro-based Matthews Specialty Vehicles has created three vehicles that will aid in the process of treating Ebola in affected areas of Africa, including Guinea. Matthews partnered with Ohio-based Clinical RM on the vehicles, which will assist research teams in diagnosing and treating the disease. The vehicles were recently recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Clinical RM provided the equipment. Matthews used their knowledge in creating these vehicles because they create all kinds of vehicles including bloodmobiles, that’s one of the things that they’re experts at,” spokesman Richard Rossi of Beacon Technologies said.
Rossi said he was not sure exactly how many lives the machines would save. Matthews Sales Director Dennis Hoag said in a press release that the vehicles would play a key role in the blood analysis component of the research.
“We’ve equipped each vehicle with both plasma collection systems and a pathogen inactivation blood system. Research teams will be able to test the feasibility of cutting edge treatments, facilitating the search for a vaccine and effectively accelerating recovery time for those already affected.”