Nanocentres of RUSNANO FIEP Promptly Launch Mass Production of Face Shields for Protection against COVID-19

30 April 2020

Nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of RUSNANO Group promptly launched mass production of face shield visors used for protection against COVID-19—over 30 thousand units per month. On April 29, RUSNANO Group donated a batch of 1000 visors to volunteers of the Zhivoy Foundation to be sent to medical institutions and ambulance stations of Moscow. Previously, 1,000 face shields were given to doctors in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, as well as 100 shields to the RAS Hospital in Troitsk (New Moscow) and to the city’s housing and communal services employees.

Face Shields for Protection against COVID-19

RUSNANO Group donated a batch of 1000 visors to volunteers of the Zhivoy Foundation to be sent to medical institutions and ambulance stations of Moscow.

“This gift from RUSNANO is very important,” said Viktoria Agadzhanova, Head of the Zhivoy Foundation. “We will send about 20 shields per ambulance station and 60-80 per hospital; about 20-30 medical institutions in total. Since face shields are reusable, they can be washed, disinfected and reused, so we will cover the need for face shields in these hospitals through the end of the epidemic.” According to Ms Agadzhanova, all medical institutions are in need of such protection: “Now there are almost no doctors left who do not work with COVID-19, patients can be everywhere.”

FIEP Nanocentres network of RUSNANO Group responded to the urgent need for personal protective equipment for medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients, and organized the production of face shields at TechnoSpark Group of Companies’ production sites in Moscow and the North-West Technology Transfer Centre (NWTTC) in Leningrad Region. Together they are producing more than 30,000 protective shields per month. The face shields provided to the Zhivoy Foundation in Moscow were developed and produced by TEN fab in TechnoSpark.

Protective shields are designed for individual protection of eyes, respiratory tract and skin from direct contact with various small particles and viruses, to prevent involuntary contact with the face by hands. This noticeably reduces the possibility of contracting COVID-19. Visors are made of durable plastic, reusable, easy to disinfect, lightweight and convenient to use. They can be easily adjusted to the required head size. They can provide effective protection not only for doctors, but also for employees of other contact professions, such as salespeople and front-office operators of service sector working directly with customers, couriers, housing and communal services employees.

In the course of charity events, protective shields are given to doctors free of charge. Other companies interested in improving safety of their employees and private individuals can place an order at protectface.ru.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru