The medical innovation community in Houston, including clinicians, engineers, administrators and scientists has banded together to (1) manufacture sterilizable N95 equivalent masks, (2) develop a rapidly deployable ventilator, (3) set up a supply chain with our hospitals.
Right now, this is being paid for out of the pockets of the volunteers. As a community initiative we're raising funds to be able to provide all of our solutions to hospitals and providers at cost or free, to ensure those who need equipment the most get it.
We, as volunteers, need your help. We come from startups, large medical device companies, service providers, and hospitals, and are all working together to face this threat head on. The team needs $200,000 to develop, certify, and manufacture these solutions for Houston, and our broader community.
Learn more here: https://www.enventure.org/covid-19-response or read more below.
BACKGROUND: With the ever increasing number of patients showing up at hospitals and clinics, including those in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, our medical providers are under mounting pressure and facing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), and other devices critical in the treatment of COVID-19 epidemic. Face shields and N95 masks are in short supply, with providers using simple cloths to protect themselves as they treat patients, exposing themselves to the risk of infection. There is also an ever-increasing need for ventilators to be able to safely treat patients suffering from COVID-19.
Houston has a strong, and growing, medical innovation community. With the outbreak of COVID-19, this community of engineers, doctors, nurses, scientists, developers, designers, and business leaders came together to volunteer their time and address the growing needs within the TMC.
We are working collaboratively with individual clinicians and health care administrators to ensure we are meeting their needs. We are leveraging insights from partners with medical device industry experience spanning design, prototyping, manufacturing, and regulatory experiencee to ensure the best solutions get to market as quickly as possible. And to do this: we need your help!
TAX DEDUCTIBLE: This fundraiser is fully tax deductible through GoFundMe Charity - after your donation, you will receive a receipt from the PayPal Giving Fund.
FOR WHO: Houston-based institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, CHI St Luke's, Memorial Hermann, Methodist, and others in the Houston area will be the first recipients of the devices developed under this initiative. With increasing capacity and expertise we envisage being able to ship out products to other areas and institutions in need.
Under the leadership of enventure, a Houston-based non-profit supporting the local life-science ecosystem, a group of over 130 engineers, doctors, nurses designers, developers, scientists and business leaders have bonded together to develop PPE, and address the shortage of ventilators. All individuals are donating their time, knowledge, and resources to address the global need.
PROJECTS: Currently ongoing projects are:
- Reusable PPE: including N95 equivalent masks with replaceable cartridges, designed to be cleaned between uses. Multiple prototypes already made and sterilized.
- Ventilators: both quickly deployable ventilators to increase overall ventilator capacity, as well as a multiplexing solution to allow multiple patients to be ventilated by one machine, whilst protecting patients from pathogens, and accounting for varying lung volume and other criteria.
- Supply Chain: Collect the current and expected equipment needs from the major hospitals in Houston, and setup a procurement and delivery pipeline.
- Other: projects are underway to support rapid, point of care diagnosis, assist in triage, and screening, as well as other needs around COVID19 response.
USE OF FUNDS: All efforts are being supplied by in-kind volunteers. As such, the funds will be used solely to cover material costs as follows:
- Design & Prototyping: specifically covering material costs for prototypes in efforts currently focussed on developping a reusable N95 equivalent mask with interchangeable filter, as well as developing a rapidly deployable ventilation solution to address the shortage of ventilation devices.
- Manufacturing: funds will also be used to cover material costs not covered by hospitals in the manufacturing of said PPE and ventilation device, including device costs, packaging, sterilization, and other associated manufacturing costs.
- Distribution & Logistics: funds will also be allocated to ensure proper packaging, transport, and distribution to the hospitals and to the healthcare providers.
- Other: funds may also be used to support the scale up of other efforts such as servers for automated triage solutions, and other needs surrounding the COVID-19 response.