HOW THE COMPANIES OF HALIFAX INNOVATION DISTRICT RESPONDED TO COVID-19 IN APRIL

per Carla Escolà Costa,

Throughout April, Halifax-area companies and institutions intensified their efforts to combat the impacts of COVID-19, both individually and collectively.

The pandemic and lock down have affected companies in the Halifax Innovation District in different ways. Whereas many have suffered a sudden loss of revenues, others have found new markets, some of them lucrative. Most impressive is how so many companies and other organizations have come together to produce materials and technology needed to help society get through the crisis.

“The level of creativity, innovation, and collaboration between business, academia and government is inspiring,” said Alastair Trower, head of business development at the engineering firm Enginuity. Enginuity is one of more than 40 businesses and organizations collaborating on personal protection equipment and other gear for front-line workers.

Companies were brought together by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency which sought new ways to provide equipment. Designs include face masks and shields, ventilators, hand sanitizer, inspection booths, and gowns. Already commercially available, the Scotia Shield is a reusable face shield produced by medical device manufacturers Ring Rescue and Spring Loaded Technology.


Original news in Halifax Innovation District.

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