Carlsbad Combats COVID-19
March 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed that the way we live, work and do business. Here in Carlsbad, we’re a community that prides itself on innovation, connection and resiliency in times of crisis. That’s why we’ve decided to set up this blog to inform you about all of the ways our Carlsbad businesses are saving lives, innovating, improving connectivity, and helping our community through these challenging times. Be sure to check back here regularly for continuous updates about how Carlsbad is combating COVID-19. If you have a tip about a Carlsbad company stepping up, we want to hear about it. Email us at
with information. We’re also keeping our community updated on resources and guidance for businesses in partnership with the [email protected] Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Village Association.
12/22/2020: ChromaCode Named Finalist in XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing Competition
10/29/2020: ChromaCode Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Test Milestone
10/28/2020: Qualigen Therapeutics Receives Positive Pre-IND Response from FDA for the Clinical Development of AS1411 as a Treatment for COVID-19
10/22/2020: COPAN Diagnostics Hits the 5 Million Mark on COVID-19 Sample Collection Transport Media Produced at its New Carlsbad Facility
10/15/2020: Accurate Covid-19 Serological Surveillance Using Easy-to-Collect SalivIonis antisense medicine being evaluated in an investigator-initiated clinical study of COVID-19 patients in Brazila Samples
10/14/2020: GenMark Diagnostics : With flu season ahead, GenMark launches single test for COVID, plus 20 other respiratory ailments
10/9/2020: FDA Fast Tracks San Diego Company’s Multi-Virus Rapid Test, In Time for Flu Season
9/28/2020: Accurate Covid-19 Serological Surveillance Using Easy-to-Collect Saliva Samples
9/10/2020: San Diego biotechs developing COVID-blocking nasal spray with cloned antibodies
7/13/2020: OPTEC CEO Receives US Patent Pending Approval for LED Lighting Use in Cellphones and Tablets
6/16/2020: GenMark Diagnostics Chosen as Primary Provider of Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Vidant Health
6/15/2020: Active Motif Announces New Report Describing Advancements in Generation and Characterization of Their Recombinant Human COVID-19 Antibodies with Qualities that Make Them Ideal for Use in Diagnostics and Therapeutics
6/10/2020: Qualigen Therapeutics Signs Exclusive License Agreement with the University of Louisville, Plans to Develop AS1411 for the Treatment of COVID-19
6/2/2020: Qualigen Therapeutics Releases FastPack® SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Diagnostic Test to University of Louisville to Conduct Validation Studies
5/29/2020: CVS opens drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Carlsbad, Oceanside
5/22/2020: Carlsbad ChromaCode raises $38 millon to pursue low-cost testing platform for coronavirus
5/15/2020: Carlsbad biotech to test drug that targets gut in COVID-19 patients
5/11/2020: Viasat Extends COVID-19 Support for U.S. Residential and Small Business Customers in Need
5/6/2020: Carlsbad fosters public-private collaboration against COVID-19
5/6/2020: Carlsbad Company Rapid Sequencing Technology ID’s COVID-19 Strain
5/5/2020: Lineage Cell Therapeutics to Apply Allogeneic Dendritic Cell Therapy Program to COVID-19 Vaccine Development
4/17/2020: Carlsbad COVID-19 testing company shares best practices as businesses think about reopening
GenMark Diagnostics is a leading provider of multiplex molecular diagnostic solutions designed to enhance patient care, improve key quality metrics, and reduce the total cost-of-care.
4/17/2020: 3D Printed Face Shields in the Age of COVID-19
Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense product
4/13/2020: 12-Hour Shifts, Sleeping in RVs: Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets New Crew
Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation. Each day, the plant delivers nearly 50 million gallons of fresh, desalinated water to San Diego County – enough to serve approximately 400,000 people and accounting for about one-third of all water generated in the County.
4/10/2020: Active Motif launches a portfolio of recombinant COVID-19 antibodies; the first full human antibodies derived from patients infected with the 2019 Coronavirus, now available for research and commercial use
Active Motif is an industry leader in developing and delivering innovative tools to enable epigenetics and gene regulation research.
4/2/2020: Push Marketing Offers Free Ad Campaigns for Local Carlsbad and North County Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis
Push Marketing uses the latest online marketing techniques to increase the amount of internet marketing leads for customers.
4/1/2020: Unsung Heroes: Carlsbad’s desalination plant workers
3/31/2020: Murrysville-based Philips Respironics ramps up ventilator production for anticipated COVID-19 surge
With a manufacturing presence in Carlsbad,
Philips Respironics offers solutions for sleep apnea diagnosis, therapy and long-term compliance.
3/23/2020: Immediate COVID-19 Vaccine & Therapeutic Fill/Finish Production Availability Announced by Argonaut Manufacturing Services
Argonaut Manufacturing Services is an FDA-registered cGMP contract manufacturing organization dedicated to providing custom manufacturing and supply chain solutions for biopharmaceutical companies worldwide.
Argonaut Manufacturing Services in Carlsbad, California
3/20/2020: GenMark Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for its ePlex® SARS-CoV-2 Test
3/17/2020: Sonic Boom Wellness Teams Up With Healbright to Offer Free Resources for Managing COVID-19 Workplace Stress
Sonic Boom Wellness is a wellness-engagement company committed to improving members’ daily health habits
3/17/2020: Viasat Joins FCC’s Pledge to Protect Stakeholders Amid Crisis
Viasat Inc. is a communications company providing high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems covering military and commercial markets.
Viasat Inc. in Carlsbad, California.
3/16/2020: Thermo Fisher ships coronavirus tests, aims to produce 5 million tests a week by April
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a provisioner of scientific instrumentation, reagents and consumables, and software and services to healthcare, life science, and other laboratories in academia, government, and industry (including in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors)
3/15/2020: Thermo Fisher, with offices in Carlsbad, set to produce test kits that can diagnose COVID-19 in four hours
Thermo Fisher employees in Carlsbad, California.
3/11/2020: GenMark Diagnostics Submits Test for Coronavirus to FDA
2/26/2020: Active Motif clones, sequences and expresses the first full human antibody derived from patients infected with the 2019 Coronavirus COVID-19