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USDA meatpacking inspectors receive hand sanitizer made at Nebraska U

Food safety inspectors employed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are receiving a supply of hand sanitizer thanks to an innovative partnership between Nebraska’s ethanol industry and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The hand sanitizer will be used by the men and women responsible for inspecting more than 6,500 meat-processing facilities across the country, ranging from “mom-and-pop” facilities that handle only a few animals at a time to the giant beef, poultry and pork plants that employ thousands of people.

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Hand sanitizer is mixed and loaded into jugs inside a fenced-off section of the Food Innovation Center parking lot. More than 6,800 gallons of the hand sanitizer has been shipped to the USDA for use by food safety inspectors.

Innovation Campus' PPE projects benefit hundreds of communities

In mid-March, when personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer were scarce, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus helped address those needs.

The efforts have rippled across Nebraska and the United States. To date, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals have benefited from the expertise and innovation found at NIC.

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Public urged to help keep Nebraska’s free hand sanitizer project going

The emergency hand sanitizer project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in partnership with the Nebraska ethanol industry and other corporate partners is asking the public for support to help keep its important production going.

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Emergency hand sanitizer if produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the Food Processing Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus in response to statewide need for the product. It’s provided at no cost to help protect health care workers, medical first responders and others.

Lincoln company on forefront of COVID-19 vaccine battle

Tucked away in one of the many labs on Nebraska’s Innovation Campus lays the company Adjuvance.  At the beginning of the year they were asked by the National Institute of Health to join in on the global race to fight COVID–19. Four months later they’re making strides.

“We have plans right now to make a million doses of our adjuvant by the end of the year and 100 million doses by next fall,” CEO Dr. Tyler Martin said.

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Adjuvance is developing a component that will strengthen a vaccine and prolong its dosage.

Innovation Studio coordinating army of makers for PPE projects

While assembling up to 1,800 face shields a day, staff at Nebraska Innovation Studio are also assisting coordination of an army of community workers and volunteers to make more personal protective equipment, namely gowns for first responders and fabric masks for essential workers.

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Jerry Reif, studio manager at Nebraska Innovation Studio, cuts out a gown form from Tyvec material.

Can Small Shops Create a Large COVID-19 Supply Chain?

During the COVID-19 crisis, a new manufacturing production base is emerging: the small workshop. Formerly constrained by the lack of expensive production equipment, many design and prototype shops, schools and universities and even individuals are using the flexibility of 3D printing to make small batch runs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line healthcare workers. One example is the Nebraska Innovation Studio, that is closed to the public, but its leaders and members are working around the clock to produce face shields for hospitals across the state.

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University of Nebraska makers use additive manufacturing for small scale face shield production.

Hand Sanitizer Request Information

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is currently producing hand sanitizer at Nebraska Innovation Campus for healthcare facilities and essential businesses across the state. Local Lincoln pick-up is available via online request. More information available at http://handsanitizer.unl.edu. To contribute to the cause: go.unl.edu/donate4sanitizer

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Hand sanitizer is being produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Hand sanitizer for health care produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with the Nebraska ethanol industry to produce hand sanitizer for use by hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and other health care providers in Nebraska and nearby areas.

After a successful initial run April 5 at the Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus, the partners completed their first full day of production April 6.

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Jan tenBensel, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, directs Russell Parde as nonflammable ingredients are mixed inside the Food Innovation Center. The ingredients are mixed with the ethanol under stringent safety rules. Hand sanitizer is being made at Nebraska Innovation Campus through a collaboration between the Food Innovation Center and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Nebraska U makers step up to equip healers

Nebraska Innovation Studio is closed to the public, but its leaders and members are working around the clock to produce face shields for hospitals across the state.

Personal protective equipment shortages have been well documented throughout the United States as COVID-19 has spread rapidly. That trend is also hitting Nebraska, where hospitals are starting to run short.

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Jerry Reif, shop manager at Nebraska Innovation Studio, works on a laser to cut clear plastic sheeting for face shields. The face shields are being assembled for hospitals in Nebraska in response to COVID-19.

Bryan Health Employs Plastic Face Shields, Still Waiting on Drive-Thru Results

Bryan Health in Lincoln will use protective face shields made at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Studio, the makerspace located at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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