In an ongoing effort to find innovative solutions to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mubadala Healthcare has reached out to NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to utilise its 3D printing and core technology platform capabilities to meet the growing demand for critical medical supplies
The aim of Mubadala Healthcare’s initiative is to act proactively by meeting immediate needs, but in a sustainable way. The new 3D printed masks will be similar to the top-rated N95 mask, but reusable and with replacement filters.
Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, senior vice-president at Mubadala Healthcare, said, “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.”
“While our own facilities are well placed to procure supplies today, it is important to have a more robust and diversified supply network moving forward. 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.”
For the 3D-printing mask project, Mubadala Healthcare has enlisted the experts at its Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi facility to advise on issues regarding supply chain and clinical engineering, as well as seeking their medical opinion and help in testing the equipment.
NYUAD was able to respond immediately to Mubadala Healthcare’s call, working with the project team and using its substantial resources in 3D printing, engineering, and design to turn around physical prototypes in less than 48 hours.
The prototypes are currently being tested in non-live conditions by the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi physicians, and after receiving feedback, the University will optimise the design of the masks.
Ramesh Jagannathan, NYU Abu Dhabi vice provost for innovation and managing director of started, explained, “The 3D printed prototypes are designed to meet the performance standards of the N95 mask, but enhanced by the fact that the modular new design will enable the masks to be sterilized and reused, with removable, replaceable filters.”