IISc Bangalore develops Indigenous Ventilator Prototype to Address the Shortage
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has announced that a team of researchers has built an indigenous ventilator prototype to address the shortage of ventilators in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
The team of researchers and engineers at IISc Bangalore have been working on the prototype of the ventilator since April 2020. The prototype has been developed following the guidelines of Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in the United Kingdom.
With the increasing number of cases, it is predicted that countries might run short of ventilators. Due to the lockdown and frozen international trade routes, countries had to rely on indigenous healthcare products.
IISc stated in one of the statements, " The ventilator prototype uses components made in India or components which are easily available in the domestic supply chains. The team took nearly 35 days to go from the drawing board to a proof-of-concept system, and then a working prototype in another two weeks."
The IISc team is exploring options to collaborate with an industry to further co-develop the prototype into a field ready product, as stated by one of the faculty members Duvvuri Subrahmanyam.