As early as April, NASA announced the development of a ventilator specifically designed for PATIENTS WITH COVID-19. The device, known as “TheServe Or Technology AccessIble Locally”, is designed to be a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture life-saving medical hardware. Now, as the outbreak continues to rage, the space agency has announced the company selected to build VITAL ventilators.
NASA revealed in a new blog post that more than 100 companies have filed applications to be chosen as VITAL manufacturers. After narrowing the range of options for dozens of companies, the California Institute of Technology’s Office of Technology and Enterprise Cooperation, which manages NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has VITAL patents, has selected eight as manufacturing partners.
Here’s nasa’s choice of the company responsible for producing the ventilators:
Vacued, based in Ventura, California, is a division of Vacumetrics;
Stark Industries, LLC, Columbus, Ohio;
MVent, LLC, in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a division of Minnetronix Medical;
iButtonLink, LLC, whitewater County, Wisconsin;
Evo Design, LLC, watertown, Connecticut;
DesignPlex Biomedical, LLC, for T.K.
ATRON Group, LLC, Dallas;
Pro-Dex, Inc., is located in Irvine, California.
“The VITAL team is excited to see their technology licensed,” Leon Alkalai of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vital team members said in a statement. “We hope that this technology will be rolled out around the world to provide additional solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. “
The ventilator has proven itself to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine tested it and demonstrated its usefulness in some simulated patients.
“We are very pleased with the results we conducted at the High Fidelity Human Simulation Laboratory,” said Dr. Matthew Levin, associate professor of anesthesiology, preoperative and pain medicine, and genetics and genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine. “NASA’s prototypes performed as expected in a variety of simulated patient conditions. The team believes that VITAL ventilators will be able to safely ventilate COVID-19 patients in the United States and around the world, and the team is confident. “
A slightly adjusted version of the VITAL ventilator uses compressed air, which can be rolled out more widely in a shorter period of time. According to NASA, the device’s design is currently awaiting emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).