COVID-19: Start-up at IIT Hyderabad develops low-cost portable ventilator
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad’s incubation startup Aerobiosys Innovations has developed a low-cost, portable, emergency-use ventilator called ‘Jeevan Lite’. Jeevan Lite is developed by the Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE) at the institute. The portable ventilator is enabled with the Internet of Things and can be operated through a phone app. It can also be battery-operated, which allows for its deployment in areas without assured power supply. Aerobiosis Innovations has said that it aims to produce at least 50 to 70 units per day through collaboration with an industrial partner. If successful, Jeevan Lite would be available at an economical price of 1 lakh! “Senior citizens and elderly patients affected by COVID-19 will need ventilators for emergency life support. Aerobiosis has gone one step ahead by providing personal protection to the healthcare providers through IoT-enabled monitoring,” B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said in a statement.
‘Jeevan Lite’ is capable of both invasive and non-invasive ventilation across a comprehensive set of modes and settings. The ventilator works on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for five hours without power supply. Aerobiosis Co-founders Rajesh Thangavel and Cyril Antony said that the design for the manufacturing of their device can be delivered by the first week of April 2020. Antony said, “Jeevan Lite has all the essential features to treat COVID-19 infected patients as mentioned by the experts in pulmonology and critical care across India and our startup is collaborating with Hyderabad-based tertiary care hospitals for clinical validation and device certification.” Rajesh Thangavel said, “We are estimating to serve about 1 lakh people in the first three months. We plan to produce at least 50-70 units of our devices per day,” Professor Renu John, Faculty Co-Head, Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship, and Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, said, “Jeevan Lite solution from Aerobiosys, unlike other low-cost models, is loaded with features including wireless connectivity and remote monitoring that makes it unique and equipped to meet the demands of a pandemic situation like the COVID-19 infection. I strongly urge the industry partners and the government to come up to handhold the start-up towards a large scale-up.” Jeevan Lite is said to comply with the requirements mentioned by the Ministry of Health, Director General Life Sciences, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Chairman Technical Committee and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).