Marine based antiviral coatings with bioamask applications towards SARS-CoV-2 virus

The research project we have undertaken alongside Clean Valley Biofiltration CIC is a novel solution to the highly inflated cost of face masks and other hospital PPE gear in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our objective is to create a biomask and other PPE using an antiviral compound derived from a Canadian sourced marine algae. Clean Valley has been developing a version of the biomask fabric and is looking to systematically assess and improve the antiviral efficacy of the biomask. This research will benefit Clean Valley by allowing them to patent this solution and license it to PPE manufacturers in Canada. In turn, our project will offer first responders and healthcare professionals in Canada supplies that Canada can make, design, and create.

Intern: 
Sneha Shanbhag;Mitchell Hewitt;Zachary DeLong
Faculty Supervisor: 
Balakrishnan Prithiviraj;Ravi Selvaganapathy
Province: 
Nova Scotia
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