SiREM was selected for two EBJ Business Achievement Awards (EBJ) for COVID Response: Repurposing our Genetics Lab and Information Technology support for Data-Driven Decisions.

SiREM is pleased to announce that we were recently recognized, along with our parent firm Geosyntec Consultants Inc., in the 2020 Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Business Achievement Awards, for our efforts in deploying Gene-Trac® wastewater and pooled saliva surveillance SARS CoV-2 testing and data services addressing COVID-19.

First and Foremost, this is an important opportunity to recognize our clients and their proactive and innovative efforts to deploy tools to protect their communities and stakeholders during these challenging times.
An EBJ Award serves as a validation of our firm ‘s contribution to help our communities and clients and as an effort to make a difference in trying times. We repurposed our Laboratories to help make a difference. We developed our IT tools to assist our community leaders in difficult times to make hard decisions and in desperate need for valid data driven tools.

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COVID RESPONSE: Testing Laboratory Transition

SiREM (Guelph, ON; Knoxville, TN), a division of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL) for establishing a new business unit virtually overnight to provide high-impact value and generate revenue from new services to customers impacted by COVID-19. SiREM rapidly transformed its genetics testing laboratories from testing bacteria metabolizing environmental contaminants to testing virus RNA from SARS-CoV-2, and increasing U.S. lab staff by 300%. Staff swiftly shared knowledge of procedures across the firm using video conferencing, video training, and video marketing even through lockdowns. SiREM ‘s diagnostic methods monitor SARS-CoV-2 virus in the environment through wastewater, surface analysis, and pooled saliva testing. A leader in environmental molecular genetic testing, the company now offers Gene-Trac® SARS-CoV-2 virus testing using advanced reverse transcriptase quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) tests. SiREM reports the new business unit has been a stellar performer, helping municipalities, schools, senior living facilities, and manufacturers proactively manage pandemic response and infection control, reducing the need for costly and time-consuming individual clinical tests. Communities and businesses now integrate this technology into their safety and pandemic response management.

Information Technology

SiREM (Guelph, ON; Knoxville, TN) ), a division of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)  for empowering data-driven decision-making through its information management program in support of COVID-19 management and response planning. SiREM works closely with clients to collect, analyze, and present sampling, testing, surveillance and monitoring data in an easily consumable fashion to support decisions that save lives and provide health officials with accurate and timely information to make decisions with confidence. Keene State College and the City of Keene, N.H. partnered with SiREM to conduct wastewater monitoring to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their community and campus. In addition to laboratory testing, Geosyntec developed a custom data management system facilitating data reporting from the sewage sampling program. The custom system efficiently loads laboratory analysis data into a cloud Azure SQL database. An online dashboard was connected to the cloud database providing instant access to new sampling data in the form of time trend charts, summary indicators, and downloadable data tables. The dashboard at the end of the reporting pipeline has increased visibility and accessibility of results, allowing stakeholders to make data-driven decisions on demand and react quickly when viral concentrations increase.

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For consultation regarding Pooled Saliva Surveillance and Testing, contact Duane Graves at dgraves@siremlab.com.
Learn more about Duane Graves: https://www.siremlab.com/meet-the-team/