In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and already with the insight that our health care system would be pushed to the limit with regards to the availability of COVD-19 related medical devices, PPE and specifically ventilators The Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (IR-MUHC), in partnership with the McGill Faculty of Engineering, launched the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge, as communicated on the BML Blog.
The CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge was launched in March 2020. This two-week sprint to design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-build ventilator that could serve patients suffering from COVID-19, received more than 2,600 registrations, representing over 1,000 teams from 94 countries.
The Montreal based Haply Robotics design was selected as the winner of the three finalists on the balance of simplicity in design and operation, as well as cost of production and ease of training. In addition, the judges were impressed by the versatility and anticipated robustness of the design.
BML Technology is proud of its participation in this important initiative since Managing Director, Marc Saab, provided Mentoring and Guidance to many of the semifinals participants. Marc was happy to provide mentoring and guidance on medical device regulatory strategy, Health Canada licensing, FDA clearance, FDA approval, clinical validation, digital health technology, medical devices design and development, and more.
A big thank you for the tremendous support of the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge sponsors, including Scotiabank, MD Financial Management, the Canadian Medical Association, and Agorize, as well as some generous private individuals.
For inquiries on how you may help with the COVID-19 medical device initiatives you may contact the COVID-19 Digital Health Task Force spearheaded by BML Technology.