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Young Indian engineers design cheap ventilator prototypes

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In the western Indian city of Pune, a group of young engineers are racing against time to develop a low-cost ventilator that could save thousands of lives if the coronavirus pandemic overwhelms the country's hospitals.

These engineers - from some of India's top engineering schools - belong to a barely two-year-old start-up called Nocca Robotics 

The race to develop this inexpensive, home-grown invasive breathing machine is an inspiring story of swift coordination and speedy action involving public and private institutions, something not common in India.

The young engineers mined open source medical supplies groups on the internet to find information on how to make the ventilators. After securing permissions, it took them exactly eight hours to produce the first prototype. By 7 April, they plan to be ready with machines that can be tested on patients after approvals.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52106565


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