The Rodon Group is best known as the company that molds K'Nex toys. But it's a different kind of k'nexion that has the injection molder making flexible swabs used in COVID-19 testing.
Sarah Kominek has the story about how Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia was having problems sourcing swabs for COVID tests because there was so much demand for them. So Eric Horwitz, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, reached out to Rodon CEO Michael Araten, a family friend of 20 years, to see if Rodon would be interested in designing a COVID-19 testing swab.
"As the world started shutting down in March, we looked at a variety of our capabilities in injection molding and started to center in on testing," Araten said. "We wanted to see if there was something we could make that met an entire need."
Rodon developed the mold and Fox Chase has helped it get FDA certification. The molder now has capacity to make 1 million swabs per year and will gear up to make as many as 50 million per year.
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