First Response Antiviral Biomask
$1,385 raised
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Clean Valley is a Nova Scotia nature-based R&D Community Interest Company. Utilizing Canadian sourced seaweed extract, we are developing a biomask that will block the deadly coronavirus. 

Clean Valley CIC is

We are a biotech start-up from Nova Scotia, Canada, that develops nature-based solutions to solve industry problems. 

Our team met while studying at Dalhousie University and nurtured an ecosystem of academics, consultants, industry experts, business professionals, and fellow innovative students. 

Clean Valley is a Community Interest Company with over twenty team members divided into two departments: a research and development and commercial department. All team members believe in the creation of technology for the common good of our community. Clean Valley is one of the first B-corp registered Community Interest Companies in Canada, as part of our policy includes cleaning the oceans through the development of sustainable technology.  

Our Team can be found on our website.

For our communities

Our world is facing a critical  shortage of N95 masks due to exponentially increased demand since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the early months of the pandemic, the scarcity mask materials drove the price of surgical masks to increase by over 300%. 

The impact of wearing  single-use masks is causing a global environmental crisis.The World Economic Forum estimates that 75 percent of  pandemic plastic waste will end up in landfills or our oceans. An efficient, locally sourced, environmentally sustainable alternative is desperately needed.

We are in the process of developing the world’s first biomask, which will be 100% sustainable. Our solution utilizes a seaweed byproduct. We are testing proof-of-concepts and gathering the required certifications. Our biomasks will be sustainably produced and each component of the mask be biodegradable. All aspects of the biomask are manufactured in Canada with Canadian materials.

Milestones

In March, when this product was conceptualized, our R&D team used their knowledge in algae to begin searching for a natural solution to the mask shortage crisis. Once we had found the antiviral algae and all its previous applications against other viruses, we knew our secondary data was validated. We reached out to producers of the extract to further validate our findings and to secure a supplier.

The question became could this seaweed be made into a mask that could be worn in comfort by the user? We have partnered with Savean, a PPE producing company, to make our minimum viable product.

We made nine prototypes and dispersed them among-st several industries to get their feedback. Meanwhile we connected with Acadian Seaplants and the Dalhousie microbiology department to discuss supplies and further functionality testing.

We are racing against the clock to get these masks validated in time to reduce the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 our mask needs to meet five essential milestones. These milestones will prove the mask will work against COVID-19.

  1. A safe lessor virus test that proves the functionality of the anti-viral solution developed by Clean Valley's team
  2. A pilot product that may be manufactured and shipped for research
  3. A novel manufacturing process capable of meeting the global demand for an antiviral solution that could be deployed and made anywhere in the world
  4. Surgical certification of 95% virus filtration: ASTM and NIOSH certified
  5. The big functionality test: Clean Valley's anti-viral solution versus COVID-19 facilitated by the Nova Scotia Health Authority 

The 75k will help us meet the all of the above milestones and additionally meet the following rewards for those who donate to our campaign.

Reward Tiers: 

  • Tier 1: For the Believers
    • Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website
    • $5.00 CAD
  • Tier 2: For the Dreamers
    • Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website plus a special quote next to your name
    • 1 vote in choosing the end prototype’s name
    • $10.00 CAD
  • Tier 3: For the Early Pilots
    • Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website plus a special quote next to your name
    • 2 certified masks once available to the public
    • 2 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
    • $20.00 CAD
  • Tier 4: For the Community
    • Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page next to your portrait on our website plus a special quote next to your name
    • 5 certified masks once available to the public
    • 5 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
    • $50.00 CAD
  • Tier 5: For the Angel Investors
    • 12 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
    • 5 certified masks once available to the public
    • Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page next to your portrait on our website plus a special quote next to your name
    • $80.00 CAD

* Orders outside of Canada will be charged extra shipping costs

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$5 CAD
For the Believers
Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website
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$10 CAD
For the Dreamers
Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website plus a special quote next to your name
1 vote in choosing the end prototype’s name
More ... Less ...
$20 CAD
For the Early Pilots
Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page of our website plus a special quote next to your name
2 certified masks once available to the public
2 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
More ... Less ...
$50 CAD
For the Community
Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page next to your portrait on our website plus a special quote next to your name
5 certified masks once available to the public
5 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
More ... Less ...
$80 CAD
For the Angel Investors
Optional & with permission: Your name on the thank you page next to your portrait on our website plus a special quote next to your name
5 certified masks once available to the public
12 votes in choosing the end prototype’s name
More ... Less ...

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