New Delhi: Noida based new age medical device manufacturer, Innvolution Healthcare has won MG Motor India’s Affordable Ventilator Challenge.
Earlier, in April 2020, MG Motor India called for a quick-to-produce ventilator design to serve the patients affected by COVID-19. Under the MG Developer Program & Grant INR 10 lakh was earmarked for the best ventilator design concept. The company also said that it would provide production support for the proposed ventilator prototype at its Halol manufacturing facility to ensure swifter market deployment.
Essential Technical Features
The machine was suppose to be turbine/compressor based because the installation sites might not have central oxygen lines. The machine was required to have Invasive, non-invasive and CPAP features to make them versatile. It was required to have 200-600 ML tidal volume, lung mechanics display along with monitoring of plateau pressure, PEEP, PS, oxygen concentration, lung mechanics/inverse ratio (I:E); pressure & volume control & PSV. The machine was also required to have continuous working capability for 4-5 days.
Innvolution’s Project Shwaas (A full ICU ventilator) won the challenge among a group of 50 applicants. This ventilator design was developed in close partnership with IIT Bombay (Betic). The ventilator is in advanced stages of development. The first prototype would be available soon. Innvolution has developed the ventilator as part of a tender for Hindustan Latex Limited and has secured an order from Andhra Government.
The entries were evaluated by four jury members. Dr. Yatin Mehta, Institute of Critical Care and Anaesthesiology Medanta Hospital, Gurugram; Ram Narayan Konakanchi, Director, Olympus Medical Systems India Private Ltd., Gurugram; Rajeev Chandra, Regional Head Corporate, Large and Greenfield Projects Ex Siemens Healthcare, Gurugram; Jayanta Deb, Chief Technical Officer, MG Motor India, Halol.
Gaurav Agarwal, Managing Director, Innvolution said, “On 2nd April we partnered with IIT Bombay to design and develop a high end ICU ventilator, which is both pressure and volume controlled. I’m happy that in 28 days we were able to build this prototype. We were able to test and validate it at one of the most advanced lung simulation labs in the country at DY Patil Hospital Mumbai. Leveraging Betic’s strong capabilities in rapid prototyping of medical technologies and building upon Innvolution’s strength in medical electronics, we aim to get this prototype CE certified by the German body TUV soon.”