The coalition is designed with a comprehensive approach to containing emerging threats, with partners ranging in expertise from scientific research, public health and diagnostic testing to attack new viral threats from all angles. The ability to have global experts simultaneously use their expertise on the ground around the world to identify, analyze, develop testing and enact public health guidelines in response to a viral threat could save precious time needed to help prevent exponential spread. Here's how it'll work, step by step. When doctors identify patients with unknown conditions that they cannot treat or diagnose, it's often the first sign that there may be a potential unknown viral threat among us. Once our Pandemic Defense Coalition receives the patient samples, they will be tested on our existing diagnostic instruments to see whether a previously known virus is detected. Genetic sequencing and analysis will then identify signatures, peculiarities or mutations that may indicate an emerging outbreak. If a potential threat is discovered, the sequences of the viruses that are found will be published in a public database so that health officials and laboratories can work together to identify if it's a novel strain, or a virus that has previously been detected. If it is deemed a new viral threat, we will quickly develop diagnostic testing to assist in containment efforts. This process and partnership allows our network to anticipate viral threats before they occur, enabling rapid responses and much-needed diagnostic testing. 'Our goal is to help prevent history from repeating itself,' said Gavin Cloherty, Ph.D., head of infectious disease research at Abbott. 'This Abbott-led elite global network of virus hunters is already working to help stop viral threats in their tracks.'