COVID-19: US tech firm to assist IIT Kanpur startup in development of low-cost ventilators

The entire project is being coordinated by Professor Amitabh Bandyopadhyay, Professor-in-Charge, Startup Innovation and Incubation Center (SIIC), IIT Kanpur. (Representative image: IE)

Ansys, a global engineering simulation company, tied up with an IIT-Kanpur-led pact to assist in the development of low-cost ventilators to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in India. Under the supervision of the consortium, NOCCA Robotics Pvt Ltd, an IIT-K incubate startup, is developing indigenous and low-cost aggressive ventilators called the Nocca V110, an IIT-K communicator.

When someone has severe breathing difficulties, they may require the aid of a ventilator that is capable of transferring air in and out of the lungs. Invasive and non-invasive ventilators differ in how the air is conveyed to the person.

An invasive ventilator is the most recommended type of ventilator for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) making it more suitable for COVID-19 affected patients for respiratory support. It is suitable for India as it ensures the safety of frontline doctors dealing with patients.

Machines that can be tested on patients will run out in a few days. Once the prototype is out, the team aims to produce 30,000 units by May 2020, the press release stated. NOCAA Robotics engineers have prototypes of a ready-made portable machine. They are being tested on artificial lungs, an artificial device that provides oxygen and extracts carbon dioxide from the blood.

The entire project is being coordinated by Professor Amitabh Bandyopadhyay, Professor-in-Charge, Startup Innovation and Incubation Center (SIIC), IIT Kanpur.

Headquartered in the US, Ansys is the first company to join hands with the Consortium, a premier institute company that oversees IIT Kanpur’s incubation activities, and FIRST (Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science Technology) to accelerate their growth. . Ventilator.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Ansys has come forward with a dedicated grant to the project, which will be used to procure materials, testing, testing and other expenses.

“We are very pleased to have Ansys on board with us to develop this indigenous, low-cost ventilator. With their significant funding and technical support for NOCAA robotics, we are one step closer to bringing this important tool to our healthcare providers. Our thanks to Ansys for their generous gestures ”, said Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur.

The Noka V110 is a modular, power efficient invasive ventilator that operates in a pressure-controlled mode and IoT (Internet of Things) capable design allows multiple ventilators to be controlled via remote control. It is designed in such a way that it can be manufactured on a large scale at many sites using readily available materials with Indian suppliers and manufacturers.

Speaking about the CSR agreement, Rafiq Somani, vice president of India and the South Asia Pacific region, said, amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, all we are facing today, the one thing that the government and ventilators in hospitals constantly is. Lack. “

Noka Robotics and IIT-K have formed a consortium of biomedical engineers, doctors, R&D leaders, supply chain and medical technology businesses to use their expertise and take designs from idea to real product.

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