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Regional public-private alliance against COVID19

The Ministry of Science, Innovation and University of the Government of Asturias coordinates a public-private alliance to create equipment and devices for individual protection that can contribute to dealing with the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

Through this alliance, integrated within the private sector by ArcelorMittal, thyssenkrupp Elevator Innovation Center and the IDONIAL technology center, efforts are coordinated to help cover, in the most efficient way possible, the demand for material by the health sector and others collectives, both from Asturias and the rest of the country.

Their goal is to organize production at all levels, from suppliers to manufacturers and the logistics network .The initiative arises from the know-how in design, engineering and additive manufacturing present in the region, joining efforts and pooling its R&D resources in these fields to tackle the following lines of work:

• Individual protection equipment (protective screens and glasses)

• CPAP (helmets to apply pressure to the airways)

• Breathers

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The European Commission-DG RTD has started to create a list of projects that could help in fight against the coronavirus. Especially the projects that can be directly exploited for combatting COVID-19 and its effects (firstly healthcare, and then for example transport, food, tourism, education, other sectors) within 12-24 months. 

 This is a request made in an urgent situation, but something like, for example, projects related to

             mobile 3D printers which could help hospitals with spare parts (e.g. valves for incubation)

             modular production lines which could fill a gap in the interrupted value chain

             modelling or simulation capacities which could find out how the virus spreads

             modular building components that could help build quickly medical facilities (similar to the hospital they built in Wuhan)

             something else that could help

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