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  • Title
    CEO & Engineer
  • Affiliation
    Isinnova, Italy

As the virus pummeled Italy, Fracassi and Romaioli heard a hospital in Brescia was short on essential valves for its ventilators. The pair visited the hospital and studied the valves, which needed to be replaced after each use. They tinkered with prototypes on Isinnova’s 3D printers until they figured out how to create the parts—and then provided them to the hospital for free. Fracassi told local media: “There were people with their lives in danger, and we acted. Period.”