Kortz: Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh awarded funding for projects to address state’s response to COVID-19 pandemic challenges

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded nearly $100,000 in funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program COVID-19 Challenge to help the state in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Bill Kortz announced.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said both universities were awarded funding for the following projects:

  • University of Pittsburgh was awarded $25,000 through its partnership with Du-Co Ceramics Co. for its Rapid Manufacturing of Polymer-Derived Ceramic Films for Respirator project. The university also received $25,000 for its work with The ExOne Co. for its Reusable N95 Filters via Metal Binder-Jet 3D Printing project.
  • Carnegie Mellon, through its partnership with Allegheny Health Network, was awarded $24,986 for its Scalable Manufacturing of Nasopharyngeal Swabs to Address Pennsylvania’s Need for COVID-19 Testing project. In addition, Carnegie Mellon was awarded $25,000 for its work with the University of Pittsburgh for its Accelerating the Availability of a COVID-19 Vaccine by Mass Spectrometry Characterization of Immunogens project.

“We have great institutions of higher learning across our state, and this innovative program provides them the opportunity to help our first responders and health care providers with the resources they need, now and in the weeks to come,” said Kortz.

The program, developed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, encouraged Pennsylvania colleges and universities to submit proposals focused on the rapid development and deployment of new technologies, products and processes to assist the state’s response to the pandemic. The COVID-19 Challenge program is funded through the PA Manufacturing Program.

More information can be found at this link: http://manufacturingpa.org/proposals/index.html