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British face covering manufacturer, Virustatic® SHIELD, wins UK Innovation Funding to develop data-backed face masks for future pandemic preparedness.

  • Innovative UK face covering manufacturer has won funding to bring together world-class researchers to develop better standards for face mask efficacy testing
  • PPE used during the Covid-19 pandemic had known shortcomings
  • Existing standards prevent new, more innovative products coming to market
  • Experts say the time is now to develop better products and develop new standards in advance of the next pandemic 

Virustatic, the UK company that developed the Virustatic SHIELD®, has won Innovate UK funding for a prestigious partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University of Oxford’s industrial filtration modelling group, through the Newton Gateway to Mathematics.

The funding has been awarded through the Innovate UK Analysis for Innovators programme and will bring together a world-class research team to generate data and test improvements to protocols that will present a step change in how filtration is tested and generate data to inform how future face masks are designed.

You can read more about how the Newton Gateway to Mathematics is involved with the Innovate UK Analysis for Innovators programme here.

You can read more about this project here.