Dyson announced that they would develop a new type of medical ventilator for the NHS to support the coronavirus. The company, led by British inventor Sir James Design, said it had responded to the government for help.
The company, led by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had responded to the government seeking help. Meanwhile, a consortium of more than a dozen companies aims to build ventilators based on two existing designs.
Some industry practitioners suggest that the design approach to creating a new model takes a long time. The design statement says it is working with the Cambridge-based medical company Technology to develop a meaningful and timely response.
"This is a highly complex project being undertaken in an extremely challenging timeframe," it added." We are conducting a fully regulated medical device development, including testing in the laboratory and in humans, and we are scaling up for volume."
Dr Federico Formenti, one among the OxVent team,stated that "Creating new designs which can complement existing models might help meet demand."
"Companies can't switch overnight - you can't put a Formula One component into a ventilator, it will take time."
The project is still waiting to be heard from the government. It usually takes two to three years for a new ventilator to be designed and marketed, and the NHS is worried about a shortage of equipment within weeks.
As per Dr Marion Hersh, "Recreating established prototypes is likely to be a faster way to deal with the immediate demand." The senior lecturer in biomedical engineering.ng at the University of Glasgow "They may not have to go through all the regulatory hoops, but regulation will still need to be done properly. However, there could be value in more than one option in the slightly longer term."