Tell us a bit about how you reacted to the corona situation with your venture?
The most pressing bottleneck in the corona crisis was around the question of whether the hospitals are equipped enough to resuscitate all the new corona patients who cannot survive without resuscitation machines. That is the main reason why Dr. David Alkahar invented the AmboVent and a team of volunteers followed him. AmboVent, is an open-source automatically controlled medical ventilator device. It was engineered for mass-production at low costs, using off-the-shelf components removing the need for intricate assembly lines. The device's entire blueprints, mechanical & electrical designs, source-codes, and medical/engineering test reports were published on GitHub as open-source hardware and software on the evening of 1 April 2020.
AmboVent is designed on an open-source code to be shared with everyone.
It can be assembled on the ground by using standard medical equipment and affordable materials.
Most ventilation systems sell for $6,000-$10,000 and above. The manufacturing of AmboVent costs approx. $1000 per unit (in large quantities)
It can reach the underdeveloped and most distant areas around the world.
It will replace high-end ventilation machines for patients that need a lower standard of ventilation, releasing these machines for those who are sick with COVID-19.
What was driving the decision to act this way?
Being an Innovative entrepreneur is a mindset and a way of living. You start something! You don’t just sit at home and wait for instructions, or for a corona visit.
To what extent did the decision-making process differ from "business as usual"?
There was a great deal of anxiety involved. Scarcity is the mother of all innovation and it was the main motivator in this case. All fellow volunteers felt that if the infected patient's number will grow exponentially then a national disaster will follow and they wanted to fight that.
What do you personally learn from this experience?
That sometimes makers mindset can generate new unpredictable solutions, that what we have a created is not just a machine but a mental process of hope.
What is your message to business leaders who are experiencing difficulties at the moment?
Think fast, but listen to the creative voices of your employees, they too are in a dire situation, and sometimes dire situations will elicit immense creativity from them. It could lead to a great new solution or even a new life-saving device like the AmboVent.