OxVent wins Global Challenge award

Date Published: 19.11.2020

OxVent, the ventilator designed by Wadham academics to help treat COVID-19, has won the Engineering and Technology Innovation Global Challenge Award 2020.

The rapidly deployable and scalable low-cost mechanical ventilator was specially designed for Covid-19 by a multi-disciplinary Oxford University team led by Wadham Fellows Professors Andrew Farmery, Mark Thompson and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita working with Wadham Visiting Fellow Dr Federico Formenti of King’s College London.

The E&T Awards celebrate the people, projects and organisations revolutionising our world through excellence in engineering and technology. 

Covid-19 paved the way for new collaborations and out-of-the-box thinking. The awards celebrate the innovators who found new ways to support the government, society and individuals who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

The multidisciplinary team from Oxford and King’s College London, and manufacturers Smith+Nephew, were shortlisted in the Global Challenge category of the Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards. Among the six finalists in this category are an AI enabled, low-cost digital stethoscope; chewing gum for COVID-19 testing; and an autonomous ambulance. 

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