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Coronavirus: IIT Kanpur to develop low-cost portable ventilators to aid medical infrastructure

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in the country, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur is developing portable ventilators which will be significantly cheaper than the ones available in the market. Professors at IIT Kanpur claim that while invasive ventilators are available at around Rs 4 lakh per unit in the market, this ventilator will be made at a cost of Rs 70000 per unit as all the components have been sourced from India only. Two graduates from the institute---Nikhil Kurule and Harshit Rathore -- who are running a start up called Nocca Robotics incubated at IIT Kanpur, have developed a prototype for the portable ventilator. IIT, Kanpur has formed a nine-member team, including doctors from Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore to vet the prototype following which the start up will get around 1000 portable ventilators ready within a month. According to the team, the prototype developed is an invasive type mechanical ventilator capable of ..

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