It’s corporate social responsibility in action. While Onit and our free Business Continuity Apps are helping legal departments stay on top of their workloads during COVID-19, many of our customers are paying it forward in some amazing ways. These are just some of the great things Onit and SimpleLegal customers are doing to serve at this time. We are so proud to count them as part of the Onit/SimpleLegal family and want to recognize their incredible efforts!
Genentech: Just one of several Onit customers leading the way in finding treatments and a vaccine. According to GEN Edge, Genentech has been conducting double blind trials as part of Phase III of their research on tocilizumab. Genetech’s Acterma®, initially marketed as an arthritis medication is undergoing trials to asses its effectiveness at treating pneumonia as a symptom of COVID-19.
Sorrento Therapeutics: Sorrento has been working on a novel decoy cellular vaccine for COVID-19 using their I-Cell™ process. Sorento hopes to elicit T and B cell immunities by introducing non-replicating cells to provide replicating cells with a protein that should strengthen cell membranes from SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
Abbott Laboratories: Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories has developed a platform for COVID-19 testing on their ID Now portable testing units. Abbott Laboratories has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, and patients administered this test can get their results in as little as five minutes. Abbott Laboratories intends to administer nearly 5,000,000 tests a month.
Moderna: Moderna is partnering with NIH to test an mRNA vaccine for Coronavirus. Moderna has been working on their vaccine since the NIH received the COVID-19 genetic sequence from Chines authorities and is ready for human testing.
Varian Medical: According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: “Varian donated $1,000,000 to support coronavirus prevention and control. The company is also supporting cancer treatment with its medical system.”
Change Healthcare: Change Healthcare launched their COVID-19 Updates and Resources Hub which is “an online source of technology, business, and informational resources to give… guidance on how to maintain administrative, financial, and operational stability.” Change Healthcare and their partners are doing their best to help users with immediate pandemic-related issues, and their Hub is meant to help companies keep their operations moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Varex Imaging: Varex, being designated an “essential business,” has kept their main facilities open as well as implemented a work from home policy for their non-essential employees. Varex also says they are committed to continuing production of critical components of X-ray and CT systems.
Envision Healthcare: Envision plans to deploy 130 more clinicians to the Mount Sinai hospital system to help out in hotspots in New York City where COVID-19 has hit the hardest.
Incyte: Insight is undergoing Phase 3 of testing their cancer drug Jakafi to treat COVID-19 patients with severe cytokine reactions.
SRP: SRP has committed to keeping power on for customers who are late on payment or non-paying through the outbreak. They have also planned to donate over $1 million for small business and residential customers in Arizona.
Comcast: Comcast is offering two months of free services for new customers and increasing internet speeds for existing customers. Comcast is also offering free access to their Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the US as well as giving payment amnesty for existing customers.
Ontario Power Generation: OPG is donating 17,500 Tyvek suits to frontline healthcare workers in Ontario. OPG has also already donated half a million surgical masks as well as 75,000 N95 masks to the Province of Ontario.
FedEx: FedEx has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver testing kits to cities across the US. FedEx has also updated some of their operating procedures to reflect COVID-19 in an effort to increase employee safety and comply with social distancing measures.
Under Armour: According to The Hill and The Baltimore Sun, Under Armour has committed to the manufacturing of 500,000 surgical masks as well as thousands of hospital gowns and face shields to donate to the University of Maryland Medical System.
Crocs: Crocs shoes are a popular option for doctors spending all day on their feet because of the comfort they provide and how easy they are to clean. Crocs is coming to the rescue by donating roughly 10,000 pairs of shoes a day to healthcare workers.
Cargill: Cargill is helping keep store shelves stocked as well as delivering other goods and services around the country.
PayPal: PayPal is waiving many of its fees, doubling cashback rewards and extending the dispute period to make it easier for customers to access their funds.
DoorDash: DoorDash is giving its employees up to two weeks of financial assistance for employees who either contract COVID-19 or are put under quarantine, which reads as close to two weeks paid sick leave as you can get from a gig economy company. DoorDash has also added a no contact delivery as the default option for their food delivery service.
3M: 3M has ramped up to maximum production of N95 masks to nearly 100 million per month as well as partnered with sanitation experts to learn the best ways to extend the life of the masks. 3M is also partnering with Ford to increase powered air purifying respirators production six-fold within 2-3 months.
Carbon: Carbon is continuing operations of PPE manufacturing for frontline healthcare workers. Carbon is also offering design consultations for their Lattice Engine design software.
Johnson Controls: Johnson Controls has been serving as “essential personnel” for maintaining operations of hospitals, supermarkets, food processors, pharmacies, data centers, state and local government offices, police stations, fire stations, United States military operations around the world and other critical infrastructure. Johnson Controls has been aiding workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 since the initial outbreak in Wuhan and has committed to continue helping with global operations.
Hearst: Hearst Foundations are donating $50 Million to Coronavirus efforts. The emergency funding will go to over 100 U.S. medical, humanitarian and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic.
Pearson PLC: Pearson is providing free learning resources to the world’s students, teachers and parents as a response to the shift to at-home learning. They have compiled resources for Higher Ed, K-12 and Working from Home.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation will deliver a pledge of $30 million dollars. Most of the donation is set to go to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.