The Berkshire Innovation Center is a convener of thought leadership and innovation. Hundreds from our community gathered on February 28 as we cut the ribbon on our new home. Days later, the team Berkshire Medical Center began treating their first COVID-19 patient. The virus has since brought the world to a standstill, and is challenging each and every one of us in ways most never imagined.
While we never envisioned our first few months playing out as they have, the pandemic has forced us to be resilient, creative, and focused, and has accelerated our learning curve in many ways. I am confident that the BIC will emerge as a stronger organization and that we will play an important role in our region’s recovery.
The strength of the BIC has never been about the building itself. Rather, it is about the network we are bringing together - leaders from industry, academia, and government - all collaborating to drive economic development and help our region prosper. More than ever, our community needs these thought leaders to connect and share their collective wisdom.
We are proud to be part of such an amazing community and are working hard to support our local and regional ecosystems that are mobilizing to tackle the challenges we are facing. We are especially appreciative for the ongoing efforts of first responders and health care professionals.
Mohawk, North America's largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes, has developed an innovative solution for temporary hospital spaces using Xanita Board. The BIC is hosting a demo unit and working with Mohawk to further develop the product and identify appropriate partners.
At the request of Pittsfield Fire Department Chief Tom Sammons, BIC staff has reverse engineered a commercial SCBA full face mask adapter and modified it to use off the shelf P100, P95 and N95 filter cartridges for emergency COVID19 response calls.
The BIC has delivered (25) sample 3D printed venturi respirator valves to BHS medical engineers to assess their use in emergency patient ventilator equipment. The BIC has also offered to contribute 3D printed parts and engineering assistance to design a system for disinfecting N95 and surgical masks, using a process recently approved by the FDA and CDC for limited use.
The BIC team is supporting Doug Crane and the New Dalton Group as they advance a new product they hope will contribute to the urgent need for personal protective equipment. More to come as this project develops.
Dr. Stephen Sheppard, Professor of Economics at Williams College, joined BIC Members for an online "Community Conversation" to discuss COVID-19 economic impact and recovery.
BIC member Lenny Light of Lenco Armored Vehicles talks about his company's internal response to COVID-19.
Lenco shares more Collective Wisdom HERE
Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, Covid-Local, CIDRAP and many others have joined forces to launch a new COVID Risk Level map and COVID suppression guidance for policy makers and the public.
Much of the $2 Trillion CARESAct will be distributed directly through the Federal Government. This document is an excellet guide to where to look for grants and how to apply.
The Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) is a coordinated response by the Commonwealth’s leading academic, industry, and government stakeholders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The M-ERT is being launched alongside $10.6 million in new funding to help manufacturers scale their operations to produce PPE and other critical items. Companies can apply for grants through an online form for equipment, materials, supplies, workforce training and other needs.
Updates, emergency orders, and guidance from the Baker-Polito Administration associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.