ACEP, UAF Continues PPE Development for FMH

ACEP, UAF Continues PPE Development for FMH

ACEP, along with many other UAF researchers are continuing to provide personal protective equipment assistance to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in response to COVID-19.

The current collaboration includes ongoing work on the PAPR, or powered air-purifying respirator, hood and hose connections development, and continuing development of the FDA-approved hand sanitizer.

Other PPE and sanitizing needs have been identified by FMH and local first-responder units, and UAF is working with local researchers and engineers to understand how the university can meet those needs.

A call for proposals from the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization has seen a large response. Most of the proposals are related to science, engineering and technology. A few relate to modeling the virus, and a couple are in the arts. There are even a couple that deal with the resilience of rural Alaska. For more information on the call for proposals, contact Mark Billinglsey.

The UAF COVID-19 response tasks are funded by the Office of Naval Research. Additionally, ACEP and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Keyport, Washington, have signed a cooperative research agreement and are beginning to collaborate with the NUWC's extended research partner network to support UAF's Alaska COVID-19 support.

If there are any businesses or individuals interested in working with ACEP and the UAF team on some of these efforts, please contact Gwen Holdmann or Dayne Broderson.

Let’s keep our health professionals and first responders safe!


Fairbanks Memorial Hospital reminds us to mask up when leaving our homes. Photo courtesy of Dayne Broderson.