oxvent wins global challenge award

19th november 2020

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oxvent, the ventilator designed by wadham academics to help treat covid-19, has won the engineering and technology innovation global challenge award 2020.

  • OxVent logo
  • OxVent ventilator

the rapidly deployable and scalable low-cost mechanical ventilator was specially designed for covid-19 by a multi-disciplinary oxford university team led by wadham fellows professors andrew farmery, mark thompson and alfonso castrejon-pita working with wadham visiting fellow dr federico formenti of king’s college london.

The E&T Awards celebrate the people, projects and organisations revolutionising our world through excellence in engineering and technology. 

covid-19 paved the way for new collaborations and out-of-the-box thinking. the awards celebrate the innovators who found new ways to support the government, society and individuals who need help during the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak. 

the multidisciplinary team from oxford and king’s college london, and manufacturers smith+nephew, were shortlisted in the global challenge category of the engineering and technology innovation awards. among the six finalists in this category are an ai enabled, low-cost digital stethoscope; chewing gum for covid-19 testing; and an autonomous ambulance. 


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