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August 17, 2020

South Windsor biotech debuts 3D printed mask frame

Photo | UConn Photo/Godwin Dzidotor Crystall Coe, assistant nurse manager in the intensive care unit at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital, is among the first to use a custom-fit frame over her mask, designed and provided by the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering.

A fledgling South Windsor biotech company has begun selling  its 3D-printed custom-fit mask frames designed by UConn researchers.

Connecticut Biotech, founded this spring by TicketNetwork CEO Donald Vaccaro, on Monday said it began selling the so-called Secure Fit mask frames in recent weeks that were developed at UConn using facial recognition technology. 

Surgeon-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin led development of the masks, which are made of cloth and disposable surgical masks and designed for a better individual fit, officials say.

"Our Secure Fit mask frames increase the efficacy of masks and provide more protection because it is custom-made for each user," CEO of Connecticut Biotech Don Vaccaro says. "This not only ensures a comfortable fit, but a more secure fit."

Connecticut Biotech said it started manufacturing and selling the Secure Fit frames in July in limited quantities. It plans to scale up production and distribution capacity by year-end.

Secure Fit mask frames are selling for $40 each, according to Connecticut Biotech's website.

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