A Jewish entrepreneur and engineer who has spent his career designing solutions to help hospitals fight infections this week delivered a first batch of his KwickScreens to the new NHS Nightingale Hospital.
KwickScreen is a hygienic, flexible and portable room divider that saves time, space and lives – while creating a dignified environment for patients at one of the most crucial and frightening periods of their lives.
Its inventor, Michael Korn, this week told Jewish News: “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been inundated with orders for KwickScreens from hospitals around the world including the new NHS Nightingale at ExCel.
“We have always been ready to meet this kind of situation but, even so, it’s been all hands on deck.
“In order to meet the extra demand – a tenfold increase on a month ago – not only is our own factory in Wembley at capacity, but we have moved into other factories in the UK and around the world which would otherwise be in lockdown.”
Korn, 38, who attends the New North London Synagogue in Finchley, won the UK James Dyson Award for in 2011 and KwickScreen was incubated in the Dyson building at the Royal College of Art.
The company is serving every NHS Trust in England and most of their equivalents across the rest of the UK, as well as hundreds of hospitals in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Its global mission is to replace hospital curtains with a hygienic and modern alternative.
Korn, a father of three, studied at Cambridge University, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. He lives in Hamsptead Garden Suburb with his wife Evie and their children.