A two-year-old Pune start-up, NOCCA Robotics Pvt. Ltd., is on the verge of developing low-cost, portable, invasive ventilators, especially meant for COVID-19 patients, under the guidance of Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay. They will cost under Rs. 50,000/- per unit.
NOCCA was founded by IIT Kanpur graduates with the aim of developing water-less robots to clean solar plants.
Nikhil Kurele, one of the founders, said, “These aren’t full-fledged ventilators; they have features specifically meant for COVID-19 patients.”
The country’s current ventilators’ stock stands at between 40,000-50,000 units and if and when we get into Stage III of the pandemic, we’ll not only need each and every one available, but up to over one lac units by mid-May.
NOCCA’s group of seven engineers, after gathering information and all the permissions required, were ready with the first prototype of a ventilator in eight hours, by no means a small feat!
They’ve taken assistance from the best of doctors and medical professionals/researchers from across the world to create a “no frills” breathing machine best suited to Indian needs.
We’ll soon know whether the team will be successful in achieving this massive, life-saving task!