23 minutes | Aug 24, 2020

Fix the Mask: A Simple and Efficient Solution to a Global Need

Crises give birth to opportunities and there’s a handful of smart people around the world who don’t get discouraged in the face of challenges, but instead see an empty space in the market and come up with ways to fill it up - and Siemens is always there to help them achieve their goals.As the current pandemic spread globally, one obvious issue that came up was the shortage of protection equipment, especially the worldwide need for efficient masks that could ensure the safety of all individuals. The demand rapidly outpaced the supply of N95 masks so solutions needed to be found.Luckily, as a part of the Siemens Hardware Startup Program, Sabrina and the ‘Fix the Mask’ team have been tirelessly working to supply better masks in the fight against COVID-19. She and her business partner, Megan, came up with a way to adjust the regular surgical masks to fit the safety requirements an N95 mask did, and they ended up creating an even better product that ensures greater protection against aerosolized viruses. The best part of all of this is that their solution is so simple that can be replicated by anyone around the globe.Listen to the first episode of The Hardware Startups: Digitalization to Realization podcast to learn more about this innovative concept, its impact on the health industry, and the role Siemens played in helping Sabrina and the Fix the Mask team to design and develop the product.Some questions I ask:How did you come up with this idea for Fix the Mask, and the product concept? (00:51)Can you talk a little bit about the process that you went through to validate the actual effectiveness of the design? (06:05)Can you tell us a bit more about what do you feel you're achieving with this mission? (11:23)Making sure that there's a good seal on the mask, how exactly did you simulate that or assess that with your 3D models within NX? (16:06)What other support did Siemens Digital Technologies provide to you? (22:32)In this episode, you will learn:The process of how Sabrina and her team adjusted a surgical mask to make it even more efficient than an N95 mask. (07:00)The challenges they faced early on as a company, both from a business and a product development perspective & the challenges she anticipates to meet in the future. (08:21)How Sabrina leveraged the Siemens solutions to do the design and development work of her product. (12:51)Sabrina’s vision for Fix the Mask, for the next five years. (15:08)How she successfully gathered people from all over the world, to work on her idea. (19:18)Connect with SabrinaWebsiteLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitterResourcesSiemens Startups Program: from idea to market leader with the right tools See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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