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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Arrives in Tuebingen Germany to Discuss RNA Micro-Factories with CureVac

by Eva Fox September 01, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Arrives in Tuebingen Germany to Discuss RNA Micro-Factories with CureVac

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives in Tuebingen, Germany to discuss building RNA micro-factories for CureVac and possibly others.

After the first stop near Frankfurt, Musk's private jet flew to Stuttgart on September 1, where, according to flight data, arrived at about 4 pm. After 40 minutes, Musk arrived at Tuebingen for the headquarters of the biotech company CureVac. Musk wants to take a look at the so-called RNA printer that Tesla subsidiary Grohmann built for the CureVac. 

Back in 2019, Tesla filed a joint patent with CureVac: 'Bioreactor for RNA in vitro transcription.' The patent describes a bioreactor for RNA in vitro transcription, which can automate the production of RNA. This joint invention should help CureVac significantly reduce RNA production time and improve its quality, which is incredibly important in the search for a vaccine against COVID-19.

CureVac is currently conducting large-scale research to make a COVID-19 vaccine ready to market. The Tuebingen-based company recently said it could deliver billions of vaccine doses in about two years. Tesla's subsidiary now wants to supply mini-factories to make RNA products that are used for vaccines.

At Musk's request, it was an internal visit, so the press was not allowed entry, SWR Aktuell reported. However, dozens of fans and photographers gathered in front of the company building. People waited for hours in the pouring rain to talk and take a photo with Musk, who is the inspiration for millions of people.

In the evening, Musk arrived in a black Tesla Model X. In spite of everything, he took a walk in the technology park in Tuebingen near the biopharmaceutical company CureVac. During the walk, he talked with fans who photographed him tirelessly.

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