A s we navigate a new way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded now, more than ever, of the importance of strong communities as well as the power of collaboration and innovation.

Community organizations near 16 Tech have mobilized to support fellow residents on the northwest edge of downtown Indianapolis. We are thankful for the incredible work being done by neighborhood nonprofits to deliver f ood, services and support to residents. We ask you to consider additional support for several of these leading organizations including Flanner House , Ebenezer Baptist Church , Christamore House , Hawthorne Center and Riverside Civic League .

At the same time, our life sciences partners have developed test kits, created programs and partnered with public health agencies to quickly answer the call in the battle against COVID-19. Some of these innovations include:

  • Eli Lilly and Company is partnering with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to accelerate testing in Indiana for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The company is also providing drive-through COVID-19 testing for Indianapolis healthcare workers.

  • Roche Diagnostics began shipping on March 13 the first allotment of its cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test for COVID-19 to a network of hospital and reference laboratories across the U.S. to enable automated, high-volume patient testing.

  • Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International are supporting care teams globally to code and track SARS-CoV-2 testing and COVID-19 cases, and by extension support clinicians and researchers in their efforts to address its containment.

It’s in moments like these that we realize how our communities, businesses and research institutions can collaborate toward the greater good. It’s also a reminder of how an innovation district, especially one well connected and positioned to the life sciences, is important for our community and the world.

Please stay safe and take care of one another.

Robert Coy
President and CEO
16 Tech Community Corporation