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Johns Hopkins University x DuPont - Ebola Protective Suit

DuPont Ebola Protective Suit by Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design

Here is a first look at the Johns Hopkins University and DuPont Ebola Protective Suit Prototype. This collaboration came about during the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and in response to the humanitarian issues identified by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The new garment also know as PPE (personal protective equipment) is designed to better protect healthcare workers and volunteers on the forefront of war against Ebola and will be used for future infectious disease outbreaks and possible pandemics.

DuPont is a international science and engineering company and a global leader in personal protective apparel for over 40 years! The prototype suit was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID), with input from global health partner, Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. DuPont will be responsible for all aspects of commercialization of this innovative garment.

Jhpiego will field-test the DuPont prototype suit in Liberia, one of the three African countries hit hardest by the recent Ebola outbreak. The concept was approved last December by the USAID who selected the Johns Hopkins prototype protective garment, made of a DuPont advanced material and was one of the first five projects to receive funding.

DuPont Ebola Protective Suit 
  "Incorporating some elements from the Johns Hopkins prototype, the garment design from DuPont will feature a rear zipper and a “cocoon-style” removal, or doffing, process that requires far fewer steps to reduce risk. The DuPont garment may include an integrated hood with a large clear visor." “This unique collaboration,” said Youseph Yazdi, executive director of CBID, “brings together the biomedical ingenuity of Johns Hopkins, the global healthcare experience of Jhpiego and the strategic industrial innovations of DuPont to help save lives worldwide. Although this project was triggered by the recent Ebola outbreak, we believe the improved protective suit’s design will be impactful in future infectious disease outbreaks as well.” 

 Marc Doyle, senior vice president DuPont Safety & Protection, added, 

 “Our participation in the USAID Grand Challenge and subsequent collaboration with Johns Hopkins and Jhpiego is an example of how DuPont engages with partners to address a global challenge. We look forward to the next step of making this protective apparel solution available where it is needed for both emergency response and preparedness.”  

 Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego, said the new garment will help ensure that frontline health workers can respond safely and with confidence to any new infectious disease outbreak.

“Hundreds of nurses, midwives and physicians selflessly responded to the Ebola outbreak and lost their lives trying to save others,” said Mancuso. “The response of Johns Hopkins, Jhpiego and DuPont to the humanitarian challenge offers a model of the ingenuity and dedication of the public and private sector to improve global health.”

Johns Hopkins University x DuPont Ebola Protective Suit is set to release to the public market in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Ebola Protective Suit Prototype worn by Allie Sibole 

This post was inspired by the full press release via prweb: Johns Hopkins and DuPont Join Forces to Produce an Improved Ebola Protection Suit
Image credit: Phil Sneiderman & Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University

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