Coronavirus pandemic sees Australian manufacturing partnership make cheaper ventilator in four weeks
The OzVader ventilator is the result of a partnership between engineers, Brisbane-based manufacturing company Olitek, intensive care specialists and the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
It does not yet have the approval of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), but the company behind the OzVader said it believed they would be ready to deploy the machine within four weeks.
MERF co-director Professor Ross Crawford said the fact a functional, cheap ventilator could be made so quickly was a silver lining of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“That we could turn around a concept into potentially a product, within a month, is almost unheard of,” Professor Crawford said.
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