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Verily links with Janssen for at-home COVID-19 immune system study

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Verily is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen division to observe the body’s earliest immune responses to a coronavir12us infection, with people participating in the research from within their own homes.

The study will be launched through Verily’s Project Baseline testing program and aims to collect biological information and real-world data in the weeks immediately after a person tests positive for COVID-19.

The goal is to identify early warning biomarkers that could help guide healthcare providers through future treatments as well as potentially predict whether an individual’s case may turn severe.

“Acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by SARS-COV-2 and other viral and bacterial pathogens carries with it a high mortality rate, and more than 2.2 million people will suffer each year as a result,” said James Merson, Ph.D., Janssen’s global head of infectious disease R&D.

“Since immune response patterns observed in COVID-19 patients are similar to those caused by other respiratory pathogens, it is our hope to apply the findings from this study beyond COVID-19 to other illnesses that carry a high patient burden,” Merson said.

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