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Neurxstem Opens COVID-19 Medical Testing & Research Center in Heath, Ohio

Neurxstem, a predictive and precision genomic medicine company, opened a facility at the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority in Heath, Ohio. The company will begin COVID-19 research and testing.

According to One Columbus Region, the company’s Neural Organoid Platform closely mimics the human central nervous system, allowing Neurxstem to diagnose brain disorders and diseases early; discover novel upstream therapeutic targets; and perform drug toxicity, safety and efficacy (TSE) testing.

In May, Neurxstem received a $1.6 million award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s HEAL initiative for developing opioid lethality countermeasures, and subsequently opened its facility in the Port Authority’s Horton Building at 785 Irving Wick Drive West.

The 1,000-square-foot cleanroom space will allow the company to conduct research around reducing COVID-19 infections and mortality, while continuing its work to prevent and cure other diseases of the brain.

“Our new facility in the Port Authority gives us the space and resources we need to join the fight against COVID-19,” said Neurxstem Founder and CEO, Dr. Rene Anand. “We’re excited to be a part of the Columbus Region’s growing life sciences sector and look forward to furthering our research on the many applications of Neurxstem’s neural organoid platform.”

Previously a professor at The Ohio State’s College of Medicine, Dr. Anand first announced his research on the synthetic neural organoid platform in 2015. This now operational technology, patented by Neurxstem, replicates human brain tissue from an individual’s skin cells for personalized diagnosis and therapy.

In addition to its capabilities for COVID-19 research and testing, the technology has wider applications for mass diagnosis and therapies for Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other brain-related human diseases, as well as substance use disorders such as opioid addiction.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an innovative company to the Port Authority and look forward to seeing Neurxstem’s growth over the months and years ahead,” said Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority President and CEO Rick Platt. “The Port Authority owns one of the largest concentrations of cleanroom space in the world, so Neurxstem is a natural fit.”

“Neurxstem’s advanced technology and its applications toward not only COVID-19, but also substance abuse and brain-related diseases, will help diversify the Columbus Region’s life sciences hub,” said One Columbus President and CEO Kenny McDonald. “The company’s decision to open an office in the Columbus Region is a testament to this already growing sector and we are excited to support their future impact and successes.”

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