Two New South Wales consortia have been selected by the state government to produce prototypes of new hospital ventilators to treat cases of Covid-19.
Groups led by the University of Sydney and by Newcastle-based Ampcontrol were selected from five applicants and will produce an initial 10 prototypes each for testing and approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
The devices are being made as part of a $10 million programme to encourage NSW businesses to pilot manufacture ventilators and other critical medical equipment.
Ampcontrol engineers designed and delivered the first prototype to the John Hunter Hospital simulation unit for testing in just 18 days.
The company aims to have capacity to rapidly produce 600 ventilators to supply the Hunter region should the need arise.
Ampcontrol CO Rod Henderson said: “We are so immensely proud to be able to do our part and lead this critical health project in the manufacture of emergency ventilator solutions.
“Knowing that our ventilator could help save lives in the fight against Covid-19 is incredible.”
A team of 20 engineers worked round the clock to complete the development.
The company normal focuses on resources, infrastructure and energy projects and worked closely with clinicians in the design and development.
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