Product developed by GRCC grad, tested on campus named one of Time magazine’s 100 Inventions of the Year

Dr. Edwards and student Yessenia Santana
Dr. Edwards and student Yessenia Santana

A product developed by a Grand Rapids Community College alum and tested on campus this week was today named one of the top 100 inventions of 2020 by Time Magazine.

FEND is a drug-free salt- and calcium-based nasal mist that strengthens the mucus lining, helping it trap and flush out tiny pathogens. Aerosol scientist David Edwards said the product could potentially be a tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Edwards graduated from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College and taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University before founding Sensory Cloud, the company behind FEND.

Time annually selected 100 groundbreaking inventions “that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.” FEND is one of three products featured in the list’s “Home Health” category.

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