The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization, iBIO, is humbled to be named as one of “100 Associations That Will Save the World” by ASAE, a national membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations.

iBIO was recognized in addition to our partner, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, for leading the community response fund to ramp up production of life-saving medicine and therapies, personal protective devices, and medical equipment to support front-line healthcare workers combating COVID-19 in local communities.

We are thrilled for this recognition and proud of the work that we have done with IMA and our other partners to support our state and healthcare ecosystem to respond to the pandemic. This recognition reflects on the strength and dedication of our life sciences member companies and other Illinois’ manufacturers and companies who stepped up to support our frontline healthcare workers and the healthcare ecosystem when it was needed the most.

Last week we announced the launch of Transform Illinois as an evolution of our COVID-19 PPE Fund. Transform Illinois will engage with many of the state’s stakeholders, including industry leaders, academic research centers, elected officials, public policy experts, investors and charitable foundations to enhance pandemic preparedness and recovery, erase health equity barriers and continue to nurture the state’s life sciences community.

About the iBIO COVID-19 PPE Response Fund

Over the past four months, iBIO has leveraged its COVID-19 PPE Response Fund to help meet the needs of doctors, nurses and first responders throughout the state. These supplies helped Illinois transition into Phase III of its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The series of orders are made possible through contributions from the statewide community, including Horizon Therapeutics, Astellas Pharma, Baxter International Foundation, the Lundbeck US Charitable Fund, The Pfizer Foundation and donations from individuals.

Summary of the iBIO COVID-19 PPE Response Fund’s impact Since its March 23rd creation:

Monetary donations: $1,110,377
Items purchased and donated to date

  • 109,920 Protective Clothing (goggles, gloves, gowns, boot covers
  • 200,000 Masks
  • 241,750 Testing Materials (no contact thermometers, nasal swabs, chemical agents)