RespiraWorks, ICS partner on inexpensive ventilator for developing countries

RespiraWorks. and Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) announced a partnership to collaborate on the former’s open-source ventilator.

San Francisco-based Respiraworks touts the medical-grade device as capable of being assembled for less than $500. The company designed the system for long-term vs. crisis use and for developing countries with the intent to source and manufacture locally, according to a news release.

A volunteer group of mechanical, process, electrical and controls engineers formed RespiraWorks last month to combine their knowledge of life support and critical engineering applications amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While most teams are addressing the need for “bridge” type ventilators to keep someone alive for six to eight hours, we are not aware of any tackling the ventilators for longer-term needs in an open-source, supply chain-optimized manner, and that’s where this team provides value,” RespiraWorks founder Ethan Chaleff said in the…

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