James Dyson is by far the best known and most innovative entrepreneur in the UK. He became world famous with vacuum cleaners, meanwhile his company is also involved in the business with lamps, air filters and hair care devices. At the request of the British government, Dyson’s engineers have now developed a ventilator that is specially tailored to the needs of Covid 19 patients.
In record time: “I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago,” wrote James Dyson in a circular email to his employees. The prime minister asked for help because there was a shortage of ventilators in the country’s hospitals, which are, however, essential for the treatment of Covid 19 patients. To solve this bottleneck, hundreds of Dyson engineers worked around the clock to develop CoVent, the new ventilator. The product was developed in collaboration with The Technology Partnership (TTP), a medical company in Cambridge.
Dyson plans to donate ventilators
The development is now complete, the manufacturer explains, now the device still has to be approved as a medical device by the British health authority NHS. However, this only seems to be a matter of form: According to media reports, the government has already ordered 10,000 CoVent units.
The company itself has already started production. James Dyson wants to give away 5000 copies – 1000 to the British government, the rest for hospitals in the rest of the world. “I am proud of what the Dyson engineers and our partners at TTP have achieved,” said Dyson.
Lack of ventilators
According to the health agency, there are 8,000 ventilators in the UK, with another 8,000 expected in the near future. In the worst case, it is estimated that the country could require up to 30,000 devices to care for all patients. And even then it could be scarce. For comparison: The state of New York also needs 30,000 ventilators, but has only a third of the population of Great Britain, according to the “BBC”.
Incidentally, Dyson is not the only well-known company that switched to the production of medical bones in the corona crisis. The electric car manufacturer Tesla is now also producing ventilators.