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Hand sanitizer for health care produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus (https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/hand-sanitizerfor- health-care-produced-at-nebraska-innovation-campus/)
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with the Nebraska ethanol industry to produce hand sanitizer for use by hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and other health care providers in Nebraska and nearby areas. After a successful initial run April 5 at the Food Processing Center (https://fpc.unl.edu/) on Nebraska Innovation Campus, the partners completed their first full day of production April 6. The project began in mid-March, when Hunter Flodman (https://engineering.unl.edu/chme/hunter-flodman/) , an assistant professor of practice in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Nebraska, and the Nebraska Ethanol Board (http://ethanol.nebraska.gov/wordpress/) began working with the federal Food and Drug Administration to relax its regulations so that fuel ethanol producers could provide their product to create hand sanitizer. Flodman serves as technical adviser to the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “After hearing about shortages of hand sanitizer, we hoped we could find a way to overcome some of the obstacles our fuel-grade ethanol producers were facing — including navigating the FDA’s regulations,” Flodman said. “This partnership with the Food Processing Center is key. Without them, we would not have been able to make this happen.” More than 20 organizations are participating in the effort to provide important supplies to hospitals at no cost.