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WTMJ - While Personal Protective Equipment is still hard to come by, a decontamination site in Madison promises to clean as many as 80,000 N95 masks a day and get them back into circulation.

Columbus CEO - Columbus region companies and research institutions are ground zero for development of the equipment, medicine and information sharing the world needs to combat COVID-19.

Reuters - A sensorimotor neural interface successfully restored touch sensation in a patient with quadriplegia resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI), researchers report.

Wired - After spending years working to adjust to his new reality, Burkhart enrolled in an experimental program called NeuroLife at Battelle, a nonprofit research organization in Ohio. The plan was to implant a small computer chip in his brain and use it to improve the range of motion in his arms and to artificially recreate his sense of touch. It was a long shot, but Burkhart says the potential upside was worth it.

ARS Technica - Ian Burkhart, now 28, had a diving accident in 2010 that severely damaged his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, with only limited movement in his elbow and shoulders. Thanks to an implanted brain-computer-interface (BCI) developed by Battelle, he has made significant progress over the last six years in restoring small movements; he's even able to play Guitar Hero again.

The Chicago Tribune - Late last week, in the parking lot of a medical device supplier in Waukegan, one of the first sterilization facilities developed by Battelle started loading used masks onto racks inside converted shipping containers and pumping in hydrogen peroxide gas. The process can clean and rejuvenate up to 80,000 N95s a day at the site, company officials said.

AAFP - OhioHealth started 2020 with what was projected to be a year's supply of N95 masks, but when COVID-19 arrived in the Buckeye State in early March, projections showed that the stockpile might last less than two months during a surge of cases.

WGBH - Massachusetts General Hospital's effort to get more desperately needed masks to its health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic received a big boost this week. More than 2,000 clinicians taking care of patients at the hospital are now using re-circulated N95 masks sanitized by the Battelle mask decontamination system in Somerville.

CNN - The Pentagon announced a major contract for 60 decontamination units that will allow millions of N95 masks to be reused amid a shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals treating coronavirus patients.

MassLive - A site in Somerville that will be able to decontaminate up to tens of thousands of N95 masks per day is being highlighted as a key piece of protecting the supply of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Reuters - The Pentagon awarded a $400 million contract to Ohio-based nonprofit research organization Battelle so it can help to sterilize N-95 masks at 60 locations using concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor.

FOX5 DC - The Ohio-based company that will be supplying Maryland with a decontamination unit is called, Battelle. Bettelle’s website confirmed the company received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) “Emergency Use Authorization” to use their Critical Care Decontamination System last Sunday.

NBC Boston - Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday visited a site where medical-grade masks will be sterilized on a massive scale, a facility he's touted as a major help to Massachusetts' health care workers facing the possibility of being without adequate protective equipment as they treat coronavirus patients.

The New York Times - Inside the rural Ohio labs run by Battelle, a nonprofit research and development firm, scientists have tested explosives, experimented with atomic energy and worked with chemical nerve agents. But some of the group’s most critical work is now happening outside, in a parking lot.

WBNS - Columbus-based Battelle announced on Friday that it will be offering its N95 respirator mask decontamination services at no charge to health care providers thanks to a new federal contract.

Columbus Business First - Battelle will greatly expand deployment of its equipment to decontaminate protective face masks for re-use – and offer the service free to hospitals – under a $400 million federal contract.

Columbus Dispatch - While we celebrate our first responders and businesses like Battelle, Bath & Body Works, Middle West Spirits and Rogue for their flexibility and enterprise in the production of personal protective equipment and other goods, we must be unblinking about the challenges before us.

Cleveland Plain Dealer - The Trump administration has awarded a new federal contract that will let Columbus-based Battelle spread its new mask decontamination system to 60 additional sites around the country amid a coronavirus pandemic that’s led to a shortage of the N95 respirator masks for health care professionals, according to Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman.

News 5 Cleveland - At Battelle Memorial Institute, based in Columbus, innovation has been a central theme of the non-profit's response to the pandemic. Battelle quickly developed new procedures that produce substantially faster results in coronavirus testing.

CNN - Battelle Memorial Institute, an Ohio-based research and development firm, has been partnering with states like California and Massachusetts to deploy a newly developed machine that decontaminates N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide.

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