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