Inez Lam Named one of Forbes ’30 under 30′


In 2018 when Inez Lam, Alyssa Dittmar, Elyse Heob, and Aaron Hsu created a fog-resistant, breathable, clear surgical mask they could not have anticipated the demand for their innovation. These Hopkins-grown entrepreneurs are the cofounders of ClearMask, which has been named one of Forbes 2021 “30 Under 30” for Retail and Ecommerce. 

Inez, a PhD student in the ICM lab of Feilim MacGabhann, and her fellow ClearMask cofounders refined their product through the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, a startup accelerator program. In April 2020, ClearMask gained FDA approval. Now, in the midst of a pandemic where personal protective equipment is essential, ClearMask has sold 12 million masks to hospitals, university medical centers and the government, as well as consumers. It is on track to generate $40 million in sales in 2020.

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