Among supply chain challenges, limited numbers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies, researchers and students at the University of Minnesota have been thinking up and implementing bold ideas to solve the unique problems presented during COVID-19.
Examples of medical devices and PPEs created by interdisciplinary teams at the University include the following:
Additional entrepreneurial projects developed at the University to combat COVID-19 include testing phone-booths at M Health Fairview and the Respiratory Safety Shield and System. Entrepreneur inventions in the design and testing process include polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on cell phones, 3D printable ventilator components, and a low cost ECMO device. Work in PCR and antibody testing, developing a vaccine, improvising virtual care, and much more is ongoing at the University.
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