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Partners HealthCare launches COVID-19 biobank with samples from Biogen employees

April 19, 2020 / Modern Healthcare

Partners HealthCare has formed a consortium to build a COVID-19 biobank with blood samples from employees of biotech company Biogen and their families.

The biobank will collect de-identified blood samples and medical data from volunteering Biogen employees who contracted and have recovered from COVID-19, as well as their family members and close contacts.

Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital—all in Boston—are coordinating the outreach and sample collection effort and the Broad Institute, the biomedical and genomic research center of MIT and Harvard, will generate data from the samples.

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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as COO at Ortho Spine Partners. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that solve real problems that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help drive better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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