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OxVent – The Technology

We are a multidisciplinary team of engineers and medics at the University of Oxford and King’s College London

We are a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, clinicians and manufacturers developing a rapidly deployable ventilator for COVID-19 patients. 

To ensure a faster turnaround time and expediated adoption, OxVent is working in an open-source environment from pre-existing technology. This approach facilitates a model that integrates into our current NHS systems and components as efficiently as possible so that more patients can be treated faster. 

OxVent has been built with readily available off-the-shelf components and is a safe, simple design that can be easily assembled and operated. Most importantly, it has been designed to be produced at a large scale in a relatively short period of time. 

Some bespoke items will need to be manufactured or even 3D printed and the team is currently in discussions with the leading ventilator manufacturer. 

The current expected time scale could see a prototype in two weeks to satisfy Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requirements. A further 2 to 3 months is needed for a manufacturing network at scale. 

OxVent could cost less than just £1000 per unit. 

If you’d like to collaborate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Leadership – University of Oxford

Prof. Andrew Farmery, Head of the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics, Professor of Anaesthetics and PI of the Respiratory Physiology and Bioengineering Group; Andrew’s research focuses on translating new technology into medical devices. 

Prof. Tim Denison, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies IBME

Prof. Paul Goulart, Associate Professor of Control Engineering – Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Special interests in robust, high speed optimisation and control.

Major Rob Staruch RAMC, a Defence Surgical trainee and DPhil student at the University of Oxford. He is a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Chantal Edwardes, OxVent Project Manager. Currently studying Graduate Entry Medicine at Oxford University after serving 6 years as a helicopter and weapons engineer in the RAF. 

Dr Harrison Steel, Glasstone Fellow in Engineering Science at University of Oxford, founder of Biotech robotics spin-out Chi.Bio.

Prof. Mark Thompson, Associate Professor in Engineering Science, PI of Oxford Mechanobiology, has led a Wellcome Trust collaborative project to develop an affordable prosthetic arm for India. 

Prof. Alfonso A. Castrejon-Pita, Associate Professor in Fluid Mechanics and Royal Society University Research Fellow. Leader of the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Oxford.

Leadership – King’s College London

Prof. Sebastien Ourselin, Head of School, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Leads extensive translational research programmes funded through Wellcome and EPSRC.

Dr Federico Formenti, Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology. Physiologist with expertise in translational research for the development of technology for the intensive care unit holds NIHR i4i funding with Prof. Farmery.

Prof. Prashant Jha, Professor of Affordable Medical Technologies. Develops innovative frugal technology for resource constrained environments.

Dr Christos Bergeles, Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, Department of Surgical & Interventional Engineering. Christos’ research involves the development of micro-surgical instrumentation.

Prof. Louise Rose, Professor of Critical Care Nursing in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care. Louise is also a qualified intensive care nurse, pausing her academic work at King’s to support intensive care staff and patients at St Thomas’.

Core Project Development Team – University of Oxford

Tom Kirk, OxVent System Integration and Process Design. Bellhouse Scholar in Biomedical Engineering (DPhil), Magdalen College 

Mr Sebastian East, Final-year DPhil student in Engineering (Control Group) at the University of Oxford. Sebastian has experience designing safety-critical hardware and software for the aerospace and automotive industries, and is working on modelling, simulation, and controller design for the OxVent project.

James Fisk, head of the manufacturing workshop at Oxford.

Mr Andrew Clifford James Orr, contributing circuit design and microcontroller code. Andrew is a first year DPhil student.

David Salisbury, manufacturing workshop in Oxford.

Prof Manus Henry, Director, Advanced Instrumentation Research Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford; also Professor of Flow Measurement at Coventry University. Support on flow measurement and calibration.

Moaad Benjaber, Electronics Researcher Engineer in the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit.

Dr Anair Beverly, advising on user training for OxVent. 

Dr Po-Hsiang Chan, recently completed DPhil in Engineering Science. Mechanical design and CAD drawings.

Prof Stephen Duncan, Professor of Control Engineering – Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Advising on design of control system for OxVent.

Dr Filiberto Fele, Research Associate with the Energy and Power group, Dept. of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. Contributing on system modelling for control and safety software.

Carla V Fuenteslópez, First-year DPhil student in Engineering (Microvascular Trauma) at the University of Oxford. Contributing with supply chain & manufacturing.

Michael Garstka, DPhil student in Engineering (Control Group), University of Oxford. Working on control and software. 

Dr Azad Hussain, Post doc RA Medical Device Regulations, Dept of Engineering Science.

Idris Kempf, DPhil student in Control Engineering – Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Contributing to modelling, control and implementation.

Annika Möslein, DPhil in Engineering Science, dept of Engineering Science, Oxford. Mechanics, design, 3D printing, CAD and supply chain.

Dr Vikranth H. Nagaraja, Postdoctoral researcher. Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Contributing to Mechanical design, CAD modelling, and 3D printing.

Licio Romao, DPhil student in the Control Group. Department of Engineering Science.

Dr Michael Tombs, Research Fellow in Control Group, Engineering Science Department at the University of Oxford. Support on control and electronics design review, and flow measurement.

Dr Feibiao Zhou, Research Fellow in Control Group, Engineering Science Department at the University of Oxford. Support on Electronics design and flow measurement.

Dr Gemma Batten, logo designer, graphic design elements, social media and web support. Junior Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Project Developers and Support – King’s College London 

Jeremy Birch, PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Jeremy is reviewing the software and electronics schematics of OxVent.

Dr Jacqueline Beddoe Rosendo, Senior Quality and Regulatory Engineer, Medical Devices, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Jacqueline contributes to QMS documentation and risk analysis.

Julius Bernth, PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Julius is reviewing the electronics schematics of OxVent.

Dr John Cronin, Specialty Trainee in Anaesthesia, South London. PhD student with Federico Formenti at King’s College London, and Chair of Pan-London perioperative Audit and research Network.

Dr Clare Heaysman, Medical Engineering Quality System Manager, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Clare contributes to QMS documentation and risk analysis.

Dr Carlo Seneci, Technical Operations Manager, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Carlo is contributing on OxVent’s mechanical design and form factor, in addition to reviewing electronics and mechanics schematics.

Dr Valentina Vitiello, Specialist Technical Operations Manager, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Valentina is advising on the adherence of OxVent to MHRA regulations.

Dr Miguel Xochicale, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. Miguel is reviewing the electronics of OxVent.

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