BARDA DRIVe, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
is proud to present the “Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask”. This
aims to support the development of innovative masks that can protect Americans from respiratory
such as SARS-CoV-2.
Phase 1 of the challenge is complete. Details on Phase 2 of the challenge are coming soon. This challenge can also be found on challenge.gov
Mask Name:AtmoBlue v2
Description: We already provide comfortable safety with our existing powered air-purifying respirator, and in our next design, we are building an integrated sensor platform. The mask features HEPA filters and a customizable hard shell. The shell conceals a continuous strap giving the user a full range of motion and hides multiple fans and sensors. Finally, a silicone shell allows it to fit different face sizes. Tomorrow’s mask will come with embedded technologies. We are building data-driven features that will let people know if they should change their filters, if they have a proper mask fit, and if they have co2 buildup.Visit Website
Mask Name:Project: Veil. Using familiar tools and everyday skills to create a smart, simple, and effective solution for respiratory protection.
Description: Because the tools and skills we use to make a pair of Levi’s constitute a globally standardized production capability, we’ve engineered the performance of an N95-equivalent respirator into a form that can be easily manufactured by any basic garment factory. Our simple solution activates the existing and underutilized apparel supply chain as an alternative resource to make high-performance, low-cost respirators – with no new equipment, training, or start-up costs. Our simplified approach to this challenge demonstrates that an effective respirator can be made anywhere there’s a pair of scissors and a sewing machine.Visit Website
Mask Name:Rechargeable Electrostatic Capacity Mask (RECm). An everyday, washable, self-charging fabric mask with electrostatic filtration and fit similar to an N95
Description: The Rechargeable Electrostatic Capacity Mask (RECm) is made of 3 layers: silk, polypropylene filter, and cotton. RECm fits similar to an N95 in sizes for kids 2 and older, teens, and adults. After washing and drying, RECm can be easily recharged by using the triboelectric differential between silk and polypropylene: fold clean mask in half and rub for 20 seconds to regenerate electrostatic charge for enhanced aerosol filtration. The filter taps into millions of pounds of medical grade blue wrap discarded in good condition after single use sterilization. Establishing a safe protocol for reuse could improve and standardize filtration for all fabric masks.Visit Website