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Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson

Entrepreneur Sir James Dyson said his company designed the ‘CoVent’ medical ventilator at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Government has ordered 10,000 ventilators to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Dyson has said.

In an email to staff, the inventor said his eponymous company designed the “CoVent” at the request of Boris Johnson and promised to donate 5,000 to the international relief effort. Sir James said teams of engineers had been working solidly on the design for 10 days.

He added: “We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the UK Government, which we will supply on an open-book basis. We are also looking at ways of making it available internationally.”

Dyson are waiting for the design to receive regulatory approval so manufacturing can start. Created in partnership with Cambridge-based science engineering firm TTP. This new ventilator had to be safe, effective, efficient in conserving oxygen and portable.

It also had to be bed-mounted, easy to use and not require a fixed air supply. The battery-powered machine has been designed for use in different environments, including field hospitals and when patients are being transported. The device draws on the technology used in the company’s air purifier ranges and is powered by a digital motor.

The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time. The race is now on to get it into production. Ventilators are a regulated product so Dyson and TTP will be working with the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory products Agency and the Government to ensure that the product and the manufacturing process is approved.

Sir James Dyson British Inventor, Dyson

A spokesman for the company said the fan units needed for the device are already available in a very high volume.

In the last two weeks, the nation has witnessed incredible feats of resilience from UK businesses and the general public. The response from companies like Dyson and Gtech has demonstrated the manufacturing sectors ability to be agile – changing their business models and processes to produce components for ventilators. This is a real testament to UK innovation and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our ability to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

If your company is part of the army of businesses innovating to help the NHS save lives, up to 33% of your expenditure could be claimed back through the R&D Tax Credits scheme. Get in touch with us today to understand the funding available to your business.

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