New Tech Can Sterilize Used N95 Masks — Thanks To Another ‘Evil’ Corporation

Written by Wes Walker on March 31, 2020

When all this is over, let’s all remember who scapegoated all the Millionaires and Billionaires whose companies have worked so hard to get critical solutions to market in record time.

Let’s remember the Billionaires throwing money into research.

The corporations donating masks and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

The factories retrofitting to produce much-needed medical equipment.

The Health Insurance companies waiving copays.

And innovators like the one whose story we will relate here.

All of them used their available ‘capital’ — that key ingredient in capitalism — to invest in a solution.

This is EXACTLY the framework that slingshotted America from being a backwater colony to an Economic Superpower. It’s the framework that providing us much-needed solutions on impossible timelines. And it’s what the left so soundly and roundly denounces as ‘evil’.

Let’s look at the work of yet another ‘evil’ corporation, shall we?

An Ohio-based company was just given FDA approval on their technology designed to sterilize used surgical masks. At a time where concern for the health of front-line workers hinges on their difficulties in accessing protective supplies including masks, this is a game-changer.

The [Ohio] governor said Ohio-based tech company Battelle developed the breakthrough, which now allows previously-used surgical masks to be sterilized and reused in the field. Initially, the FDA gave only limited approval to Battelle’s technology, which led to DeWine holding an emergency press conference on Sunday to plea with the FDA for full approval.

…”This will not only help Ohio’s healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, but Battelle will also be helping health care workers in hot spots throughout the country including New York and Washington state,” DeWine said in a statement.

Besides using the technology in Ohio, Battelle is sending one of their surgical mask sterilizing machines to New York City and one to Stony Brook, New York. The company plans to send four more units elsewhere in the U.S. over the course of this week.

“We’re grateful that the President and the FDA moved quickly to help us get this solution back up and running,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. “This Ohio-driven solution has the potential to save lives now and in the future across the United States.” — Patch

A little about the process, from their own site:

What is Battelle? It was part of an ‘evil’ industrialist’s last will and testament.

Steel industrialist Gordon Battelle provided for the Battelle Memorial Institute in his 1923 last will and testament after a career devoted to the idea that science and research can solve problems in business and society as a whole. His vision became our mission when we opened our doors six years later.

Translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefits “. . . for the purpose of education in connection with and the encouragement of creative and research work in the making of discoveries and inventions . . . to do the greatest good for humanity . . .”

– Gordon Battelle’s last will and testament — Battelle Website

We may be distracted by a great many other things right now, but keep this story in mind come November when one party gets back to telling how ‘evil’ millionaires, billionaires and corporations are.

Hollywood may give us the Tony Starks and Bruce Waynes of fiction, but even those fictional bros were modeled after real-life American success stories — business AND philanthropy.

Why would anyone in their right minds POSSIBLY want to cripple that engine of innovation?