In March 2020, in response to the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge, students, academic engineers and medics at Oxford and King’s College London built a completely new, safe, simple and scalable ventilator from scratch in a week. This amazing team was forged during intense round-the-clock work in the first wave and has developed through to OxVent the social venture today with an innovative business model strengthening healthcare resilience in Low Middle Income Countries.
OxVent is a social venture spinout from the University of Oxford and King’s College London with the object of making low-cost ventilator technology available in Low Middle Income Countries. The OxVent rapidly deployable and scalable low-cost mechanical ventilator has been recognised as one of the best innovations of 2020 by the Institute of Engineering and Technology with the prize for the ‘Small Idea, Big Impact: Global Challenge' category of the E&T Innovation Awards. OxVent was also Joint Winner of the Healthcare and Medical – Covid response category in The Engineer Magazine’s 2020 Collaborate to Innovate awards.