Ventilator Expander Proposal

Doubler for ventilator systems

Problem Statement

Covid-19 kills a lot of people mainly because ventilators are few in number. Most people in serious condition without a ventilator die. India has only about 1,00,000 ventilators. What if we can effectively make that number 2,00,000 in less than 2 months?

Proposed Solution

We are a task force of about 20 people consisting of some graduates from IISc, NITs, IITs, founders of tech startups in Bangalore, and some Ex employees from Texas Instruments India. We also have the guidance of many Indian doctors and a distinguished doctor from Stanford Biomedical - Dr.Anoop Rao. We are among the brightest tech minds in India and we have the ability to hack together hardware+software with very little effort. We have come up with a good design for a double for ventilator systems. To put it in simple words, with this doubler and a traditional ventilator, we can treat two COVID patients at once. There is a potential to extend the same to even 4 patients. We have the financial power and we have already identified manufacturers in Mumbai and Vadodara who can help us with the manufacturing.

Key Insights and Innovation: Lungs of COVID cases are very different from other pneumonia like conditions. Until the last stage, the lungs remain very compliant. Hence the pressure required to ventilate a COVID patient is relatively low and does not vary much in the first few days of the treatment. We have this insight after talking to several doctors in the UK and US who are dealing with COVID patients. Hence simple splitters are quite effective at meeting demands of multiple patients using just one ventilator. Moreover, we have a mechanical design that can help to normalize pressures so that even patients with slightly different lung compliance will get nearly equal flow. We are also hoping to achieve live disinfection to avoid cross contamination using HEPA filters and UV light boxes in the respiratory circuit.

Project plan:

Prototype

  • T + 1 week ( current status : Partial trial done at private hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat and next trial run is ongoing at Tata memorial hospital Mumbai)
  • Prelim testing with help of doctors, trials on artificial lungs and humans: T + 2 weeks
  • Modifications in design, re-trials : T+ 3 weeks
  • Mini-batch production of 100 units: T+4 weeks
  • Production of 10,000 units : T+6 weeks
  • Production of 1,00,000 units : T+8 weeks.

Expected Quantities require

India has about 1,00,000 functional ventilators. We can easily double or even quadruple the capacity using these splitters. Most of the ventilator circuitry is thrown away every week. Hence these will be required in huge quantities. We will need to produce at the least 1L per month to meet the demands of the entire nation.

List of Hospitals that have shown interest

  • Burns Center, Pune
  • Gandhi Nursing Home, Nigdi, Pune
  • Pan Ortho Multispeciality, Pune
  • Saraswat Arogyadham, Mumbai
  • Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

Some of the people leading the effort

  • Radhika Patil - CEO of Cradlewise. Very well connected with the start-up ecosystem.
  • Sonam Motwani - Expert for manufacturing in India in small and large scales.
  • Bharath Patil - Expert in systems design. Owns more than 10 patents
  • Samarth Modi - Diversified Business background including glass fibers, Electronics & Software with 3 approved US patents

Company Profile

Chigroo Labs is a startup headquartered in Bangalore. Currently it is driven by diverse group of people about 20 people consisting of some graduates from IISc, NITs, IITs, founders of tech startups in Bangalore, and some Ex employees from Texas Instruments India. We also have the guidance of many Indian doctors and a distinguished doctor from Stanford Biomedical - Dr.Anoop Rao. We are among the brightest tech minds in India and we have the ability to hack together hardware+software with very little effort.

Contact Person

Samarth Modi - modi.samarth@gmail.com