#IndiaInnovates Preparing India fight back COVID19
The COVID-19 virus has already affected a million plus population worldwide. It spreads fast and creates severe respiratory problems for those who are affected. Globally one of the most critical factors that makes the difference between how many survive this disaster is the availability of ventilators. Presently there is a global shortage of ventilators. With many major economies paralyzed by the threat of the virus, the supply chain is also badly affected.
In India the ventilators are extremely costly running into lakhs. A low cost ventilator for the rural and economically poor population is thus an essential requirement.
A team of technology entrepreneurs who had previously designed robots to enable patients suffering from disability walk, and had worked closely with ISRO and DRDO have taken up the challenge to design low cost ventilators, designed and made in India. They have already been encouraged by doctors who see value in their design.
In India the ventilators are extremely costly running into lakhs. A low cost ventilator for the rural and economically poor population is thus an essential requirement. A team of technology entrepreneurs who had previously designed robots to enable patients suffering from disability walk, and had worked closely with ISRO and DRDO have taken up the challenge to design low cost ventilators, designed and made in India. They have already been encouraged by doctors who see value in their design.
This is a completely non profit venture and your donation will help the team build it quickly. Any small amount that you can provide will go a long way in addressing a vital health and security challenge for the nation having the potential to save plenty of precious lives. It will ensure that we do not allow our loved ones to die before us due to the lack of ventilators as they struggle to breathe. Please help.
To address the global need, some large global companies have begun initiatives to ramp-up ventilator production . However, those companies make full-featured ICU Ventilators which have many advanced functions that are NOT required for over 80% of the Covid patients. The approximate cost is over Rs. 4 Lakh each. And, in addition, none of these medically approved companies is Indian, and they predominantly rely on foreign supply chains that are currently closed
The Timetooth design aims to build up on open-source designs of low-cost ventilators developed by leading institutions MIT, USA and University of Florida, USA.
The goal is to modify the design for combining their advantages,add some new innovations, addressing required specifications, localization of component sourcing and manufacturing, MEDICAL GRADE ruggedization and quality assurance planning. The final design of Timetooth will also be open sourced and also contributing back into the mainstream projects of USA.
The key features of the Timetooth ventilator design:
Timetooth are experts in building high performance mission critical systems for DRDO and ISRO.
The Timetooth engineering team has developed a Medical Robotic Exoskeleton for the rehabilitation of paraplegics. The product is already under clinical trials in hospitals in India (NIMHANS Trials data for US FDA 510 K regulatory approval is to start soon)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitav64/ Amitav Chaudhuri, IIT KGP, IIMC
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gmudgal/ Girish Mudgal, MS Univ Michigan Ann Arbor, Simulation Expert
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shashi-bhaskara-krishnamurthy-1b66ba57/ - Dr Shashi Krishnamurthy , ICU Intensivist (Ventilator Specialist)
Dr Arun Karunakaran, Interventional Cardiologist -Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester, NHS UK
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