The Ministry of Economy Announces Funding for the ShapeShift3D Beyond-Fit ™ Mask Project
Montreal, May 14, 2020: - The Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation announced, on May 12th, the funding of five scientific and technological projects, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Pan-Canadian Industrial Consortium for Research and Innovation in Medical Technologies (MEDTEQ), the Shapeshift3D reusable mask customization project was selected from several hundred applications. Financial support from the provincial government will help accelerate the development and design of the Beyond-Fit ™ mask.
Francis Dion, Chairman of the Shapeshift3D Council, said that, “in this pandemic period, rapid and targeted support from the Government of Quebec and MEDTEQ is as necessary as it is appreciated. This aid will allow us to accelerate our cycles of innovation and to translate into practical and concrete solutions the results of our research in the field of the customization of objects to the unique characteristics of each individual”.
The Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation will invest more than $ 10 million in scientific and technological projects related to the current situation. Shapeshift3D’s project selection came after the development of a protective mask maximizing protection and user comfort through a perfect fit. The Beyond-Fit ™ mask stands out in several respects, notably by its durable design which allows it to be sterilized and reused. 3D face scanning also allows users to have a mask perfectly adjusted to their facial features to eliminate pressure points and discomfort related to the prolonged wearing of this protective equipment.
“We are delighted with the selection of the Shapeshift3D project, managed by MEDTEQ, from the initiatives announced last week. 3D printing is a technology with great promise for the future of health, facilitating access to tailor-made products at low cost. The technology developed by the Shapeshift3D project could have a direct impact on the current crisis, especially for healthcare workers, ”said Diane Côté, CEO of MEDTEQ.
Shapeshift3D (https://www.shapeshift3d.com/) develops software solutions that streamline the customization process of high performing protective, medical and sports wearables, by bridging the 3D scan of an individual and the 3D printing of a product which is perfectly fitted.
The Pan-Canadian Consortium for Industrial Research and Innovation in Medical Technologies MEDTEQ (www.medteq.ca) aims to accelerate the development of innovative technological solutions to improve the health status and quality of life of patients. MEDTEQ supports the validation of these technologies, their integration into the health network as well as their influence both locally and internationally by bringing together the complementary skills of industrial and institutional partners and those of healthcare providers. MEDTEQ relies on financial support from the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada (via the Centers of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) program), the private sector and complementary partners to foster research-industry relationships.
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