Mubadala Healthcare and New York University Abu Dhabi are developing 3D-printed reusable masks that provide the same protection as N95 masks.
The 3D-printed prototypes have a new design and replaceable filters, which mean the masks can be sterilised and reused to help plug any shortage in supplies.
NYU Abu Dhabi will use its 3D-printing and core technology platform to make masks similar to the N95 to help meet a growing demand for critical medical supplies in a sustainable way.
There is a global shortage of N95 masks, which protect healthcare workers and first responders from infection while they treat Covid-19 patients.
“This collaboration is aligned with Mubadala Investment Company’s #WeAreDedicated campaign, launched as a Covid-19 response strategy to find ways to collaborate across diverse enterprises and sectors to protect the community and support the UAE government in its efforts to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its impacts,” said Hasan Al Nowais, senior vice president at Mubadala Healthcare.
"It is our hope that our work will also help to ensure adequate supply to meet the UAE’s needs and that our methods can help the international community as well.”
NYU Abu Dhabi designed and created the prototypes in less than 48 hours.
The masks are being tested in non-live conditions by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi staff. After receiving feedback, the university team will perfect the design.
“We are continually seeking ways to support Covid-19 solutions and protecting the country’s healthcare workers should be one of the top priorities,” said Ramesh Jagannathan, NYU Abu Dhabi vice provost for innovation and managing director of entrepreneurship platform startAD.
"This initiative allows us to directly contribute to the government’s response to the outbreak and builds on our existing role of offering the highest standards in education."