Aequs, University of Illinois collaborate to develop mechanical resuscitator

ET Healthworld, September 25 , 2020

New Delhi: Aequs, the aerospace precision engineering and manufacturing company, on Thursday, announced the launch of AQovent, a medical-grade, low-cost, and mass-produced mechanical resuscitator.

AQovent is an oxygen-driven emergency resuscitator that can provide constant-flow, pressure-cycled ventilation automatically to patients in respiratory distress. Aequs is manufacturing these resuscitators in India based on the license procured on the concept design from the University of Illinois, U.S.A.

Today, as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic, this collaboration with the University of Illinois was initiated to contest one of the main challenges in the current medical system. The challenge is the extensive reliance on a small segment of suppliers for specialized, proprietary, mass-produced resuscitators. This dependence has created a wide gap in the supply-demand model of these specialty products, the company said.

"At Aequs, we stand in solidarity with the government and medical fraternity in the country's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. AQovent one of Aequs' timely innovations, is a low-cost and indigenously developed resuscitator, operates without a power source, and is hassle-free. The design of AQovent lends itself to a level of scalability, enabling us to ramp up production to meet the surge in demand," said Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO, Aequs.

Aequs has stepped up to leverage its ‘Aerospace’ and ‘Consumer Divisions' capabilities in its vertically integrated ecosystem at the Special Economic Zone in Belagavi, Karnataka, to manufacture AQovent.

This article first appeared on ET Healthworld