The rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 crisis has identified a critical need for the local supply of goods and materials to the medical sector. Therefore, FPInnovations is actively working with the industry, governments and other stakeholders to identify how the forest sector can contribute to supplying the medical sector with much-needed equipment.
From a list of vital equipment provided by the medical sector that included products as diverse as ventilators and hand sanitizer, FPInnovations quickly identified protective face masks as a product for which the sector could rapidly offer a viable solution from forest-based resources.
FPInnovations mandated researchers to develop a project proposal that included a preliminary plan. This process identified major future challenges and developed a potential implementation schedule.
If accepted, this ambitious project will be carried out in collaboration with numerous partners from industry, governments, and academia and would be delivered on a tight schedule to develop prototypes and provide testing that verifies the effectiveness of the product.
Also, if the project receives the green light, results obtained could lay the foundation for a completely new area of research for FPInnovations and a community of stakeholders that we may have never ended up working with otherwise. In other words, our “new normal”.
Please contact us if you are interested in more information about this project.