A Simple and Efficient Solution to a Global Need: Fix The Mask’s Startup Story

By Linh Nguyen

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There are startups born during this challenging time. Many of them were built to support our community to fight against the ongoing pandemic. As a part of the Siemens Startups program, Sabrina Paseman, co-founder of Fix The Mask and the Fix The Mask team have been tirelessly working to supply better masks in the fight against COVID-19.

As the current pandemic spread globally, one prominent issue was the shortage of protection equipment, especially the worldwide need for efficient masks that could ensure all individuals’ safety. The demand rapidly outpaced the supply of N95 masks, so solutions needed to be found.

The idea of providing a safer mask came to Sabrina and Katherine while worrying about family members who are front-line workers. Two Ex-Apple employees decided to team up to use their skills to solve the mask shortage problem starting with rubber bands.

In March of 2020, they came up with a way to adjust regular surgical masks to fit the safety requirements of an N95 mask. They ended up creating an even better product that ensures more excellent protection against aerosolized viruses. The best part of all of this is that their solution is so simple that anyone around the globe can replicate it.

Check out the video below to learn how the team at Fix The Mask used Siemens Software Solutions to quickly and efficiently develop an affordable solution to the mask shortage

This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at