Former Buffalo Sabre turned healthcare entrepreneur Connor Knapp founded NYPPE in March 2020 when he realized our country was woefully underprepared for COVID19 and outgunned by Chinese manufacturers. To protect Americans and safeguard our nation against foreign abuse, he quickly assembled an expert team to build out a state-of-the-art facility, designed top quality products, and create American jobs.


“We recognized that our nation was in a terrible position and made the decision to jump into the fray and be part of the solution. By supporting NYPPE, our customers are supporting American ingenuity and jobs while helping to eliminate our reliance on predatory foreign manufacturers in times of crisis.”

– Connor Knapp


As business partners, Connor and Peter first joined together to found Sterling Heart Care, a group of specialized cardiovascular treatment centers in Western New York. When the COVID-19 pandemic arose in early 2020, Connor and Peter experienced first-hand the frustration of trying to obtain high quality PPE at a reasonable cost. Amid their search for reliable resources for their companies, they decided it would be better to depend on themselves, not overseas suppliers. So, along with a third partner – Thomas Allen, an experienced healthcare operations executive – they launched NYPPE.

Our Team

Connor Knapp
Co-Founder and President

Thomas Allen, Jr.,
Chief Operating Officer