Cue in One Health Labs
One Health Labs had recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for our SARS-CoV-2 Real-Time PCR test using an end-to-end portable system. Without the need for a full lab, our end-to-end system uniquely qualified us to enable the entertainment industry to reopen Hollywood and resume productions that had halted for many months due to COVID-19.
The biggest problem we faced? One Health Labs was headquartered in Philadelphia, NOT in Los Angeles. In the span of three weeks, One Health Labs established a brand-new CLIA lab in Los Angeles from the ground up, hired a team of lab employees, trained them, and launched testing for Sony Entertainment’s productions directly on the Culver City production lot. We like to say we built the plane while we were flying it!
With the help of the team at One Health Labs, productions were able to resume. Our team of lab technicians collected, tested and reported on thousands of patients each week on the lot of Culver City. We found when productions remained proactive by conducting COVID-19 screening three times per week, positive COVID-19 cases could be caught before causing an outbreak on set. This allowed already tight production schedules to stay on track while remaining safe, not only saving the production companies from costly shutdowns but also avoiding overlapping contracts for union staff.
As our relationship with Sony Entertainment grew, so did our presence across the United States. One Health Labs established labs in Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, and New Orleans, LA to test on the set of movies, TV shows, and commercials!