Covid fight: IIT-Kanpur designs portable, affordable ventilators

  • Professors at IIT-Kanpur claim that while invasive ventilators are available at around Rs 4 lakh per unit in the market, this ventilator will be made at a cost of Rs 70,000 per unit as all the components have been sourced from India only.
  • Two graduates from the institute Nikhil Kurule and Harshit Rathore who are running a startup called Nocca Robotics’ incubated at IIT Kanpur, have developed a prototype for the portable ventilator.
  • IIT-Kanpur has formed a nine-member team, including doctors from Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bengaluru to vet the prototype following which the startup will get around 1,000 portable ventilators ready within a month.
  • According to the team, the prototype developed is an invasive type mechanical ventilator capable of operating in pressure-controlled mode.

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