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PPE collaboration


Two Cambridge Executive MBA alumni help lead an appeal to raise funds to provide high-grade personal protective equipment.

N95 respirator mask.

An appeal to raise funds to provide high-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) is being led by two Cambridge Judge Business School Executive MBA alumni, Dr Antonio Vidal-Puig (EMBA 2013) and Angela Single (EMBA 2013), and a faculty member at University of Cambridge, Dr Sadaf Farooqi.

All three have worked in the NHS, providing them with first-hand experience of the current PPE shortages.

In addition to being medical doctors, both Antonio and Sadaf are University of Cambridge professors from the Wellcome Trust MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, where they lead basic and translational research teams working on obesity and metabolic disease. Angela’s experience comes from her work as a trained nurse, as well as NHS Senior Management and non-executive director roles at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Cambridge. She is currently the Director of Sales for BridgeHead Software, a health informatics company.

As part of their EMBA, Toni and Angela were members of a Global Consulting Project that facilitated Chinese elders to access aids and equipment from EMEA.

To address the immediate PPE shortage, the 4C PPE team are working in collaboration with academic counterparts at the Cambridge University Nanjing Centre of Technology and Innovation to rapidly source, purchase and deliver high-grade PPE to Cambridge and East of England hospitals. They also have several initiatives in motion to increase PPE manufacturing capabilities in the UK. This includes working closely with Material Science and Engineering academics and companies to design and develop innovative types of PPE such as new respirator masks.

Visit the University of Cambridge’s Philanthropy website for further information regarding the Cambridge China COVID-19 Collaboration (4C) PPE Appeal, which is part of the University of Cambridge COVID-19 appeal, and for details of how to make a donation.