Stepping up to the ‘Ventilator Challenge’
How OxVent came about
Born out of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government’s ‘Ventilator Challenge’, the award-winning OxVent was designed by an expert team of engineers and medics from The University of Oxford and King’s College London.
The OxVent team was one of only 15 organisations selected from over 5,000 offers of support generated by the Challenge. For OxVent, the Ventilator Challenge meant partnering with global MedTech company Smith+Nephew to turn a prototype electro-mechanical ventilator into a safe, reliable medical device, ready for production.
Following this success, OxVent Ltd (the company) was established as a social venture to deploy the OxVent ventilator during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.