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Heroes of Rapid Product Development & Manufacturing — The Ventilator Project

Tyler Mantel  (Co-Founder, The Ventilator Project)

Alex Frost  (Co-Founder, The Ventilator Project)

Location: Biomed Room 1

Date: Thursday, September 17

Time: 11:20am - 12:00pm

Track: Track C: Surviving the Changing Regulatory Environment & Rising Costs

Vault Recording: TBD

Robotics entrepreneurs Tyler Mantel and Alex Frost paused work on their own startups to address the COVID-19 crisis. Together they founded The Ventilator Project to provide a solution for the growing ventilator shortage across the world. With a team of over 200 volunteers, they developed AIRA, an easily scalable ventilator that uses materials sourced from outside the biomedical supply chain. It falls under the EUA designation, and plans are to immediately mobilize sourcing and manufacturing partners to begin production once approved. To keep costs down, the team integrated supply chain and manufacturability into every level of the design process, thus reducing dependency on medical supply lines.

Come hear how:
  • The Ventilator Project has assembled a team of volunteers, including experts from The White House, Cornell University, Google, and even the San Francisco 49ers
  • The team iterated its 4th prototype in just 2 weeks
  • Volunteers worked with industrial designers to design a sleek new exterior while optimizing airflow to ensure the lifetime quality of each unit
  • The project is making its way through the regulatory process