Addressing the PPE Shortage through Technology Scouting | RTI Innovation Advisors

In the spring and summer of 2020, health care organizations and our government were trying to distribute a limited national stock of personal protective equipment (PPE), while ramping up production. Through an initiative that was funded as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, our group and RTI International’s Technology Advancement & Commercialization group partnered with the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), the Department of Defense, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to address the critical shortage of N95 respirators, masks, and gowns. Our goal was to create a database of the materials, manufacturability, and performance of raw materials used for manufacturing PPE in the United States.

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