By Gavin Gibbon
The masks are similar to N95 masks, but are reusable with replacement filters
Mubadala Healthcare is working with NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to produce essential face masks to help in the fight against Covid-19.
Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala is using the university’s 3D printing and Core Technology Platform, under its #WeAreDedicated campaign, to make 3D printed masks similar to the recommended N95 mask, but can be sterilised and reused, with removable, replaceable filters.
Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, senior vice president at Mubadala Healthcare, said: “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.”
Prototypes of the masks were created within 48 hours and are currently being tested in non-live conditions by physicians from Cleveland Clinic.
NYU Abu Dhabi vice provost for innovation and managing director of startAD, Ramesh Jagannathan, said: “We are continually seeking ways to support Covid-19 solutions, and protecting the country’s healthcare workers should be one of the top priorities. 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.”