Ventilator project given the green light by UK government to proceed to next stage of testing

A multidisciplinary team of engineers and medics at the University of Oxford and King’s College London, OxVent, have been shortlisted by the UK government to go to the next stage of testing for safety and usability for their ventilator prototype.

This green light enables the team to test their prototype ventilators, developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and forecasted acute shortage of ventilators. The next stage would be the manufacture of ventilators and deployment through the NHS. The design could also be used in other healthcare settings.

The team, led by Oxford Professors Andrew Farmery, Mark Thompson, Tim Denison, Paul Goulart and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita and DPhil student Rob Staruch and King's College London’s Prof Sebastien Ourselin and Dr Federico Formenti, have defined a simple, safe and scalable design that will meet the strict specifications for use with patients. The design will exploit off-the-shelf components and equipment with elements that can be produced through 3D printing techniques.

Professor Mark Thompson, says: ‘In less than two weeks the students, researchers and academics driving this project have brainstormed a prototype, developed into a highly-structured efficient and effective team and won Government backing. Collaboration is in our DNA and I am so proud of the team and the amazing support from our universities.’

Dr Federico Formenti of King’s College London, says: ‘We are a group of academic engineers and anaesthetists from King’s College London and the University of Oxford and are honoured to be shortlisted by the UK Government in our endeavour to help strengthen the NHS in the coming weeks. OxVent’s aim is to maximise impact in the UK, and reach beyond UK borders too. We have been overwhelmed with generous offers and messages of support from companies and individuals across the UK and beyond.

Mark Gladwell, President, Global Operations at Smith+Nephew, said: 'Smith+Nephew is proud to work with the OxVent team and bring our medical device design and manufacturing expertise to support the rapid delivery of this innovative new ventilator to the NHS.'

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