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    Mark Bounds reads to children at East Point Academy

Nephron to test East Point Academy students, faculty

Covid-19 test results to be available in 24 hours

By Rob Godfrey

Special to the Chronicle

Nephron Pharmaceuticals is lending a hand to ensure students are safe and healthy at school.

The company, one of the fastest growing in the state, has signed a covid-19 testing partnership with East Point Academy of West Columbia.

This will give East Point staff and students access to covid-19 screening and results in 24 hours.

To make this affordable for all East Point families, the school will help cover part of the cost for those on free and reduced lunch.

“Returning to normal starts with rapid and reliable testing,” said Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy.

Earlier this year, Nephron opened a certified lab, where it runs thousands of covid-19 tests for partners including the University of South Carolina.

East Point parent Maudra Brown, CEO of MRB Public Health, worked closely with Mark Bounds, the head of school, on the partnership.

"Throughout this public health crisis, leadership at Nephron have demonstrated a focus on helping our community and state,” said Bounds. “Their willingness to assist East Point Academy is another example of how Nephron is making a positive difference in difficult times.”

A Lexington County-based company, Nephron develops and produces safe, affordable generic inhalation solutions and suspension products.

These include those used to treat severe respiratory distress symptoms associated with covid-19.

The company also operates an industry-leading 503B Outsourcing Facility division to produce pre-filled sterile syringes and IV bags for hospitals to ease drug shortage needs.

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