In a little more than six weeks, from March 19 to May 1, the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) has gone from conception to reality, as it is now shifting to production and to support of patients affected severely by COVID-19. As of May 1, 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) declared that the MVM falls within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ventilators. The MVM is an innovative ventilator, conceived and designed by an international collaboration of particle physicists and developed in cooperation with other relevant scientific communities. Its mechanical design is simple, using a small number of parts to facilitate rapid production.
Elemaster is the project leader which has coordinated with several companies to make it possible, making available its laboratory facility for the development of the first units . In addition to creating the MVM controller printed circuit board in-house, throught its own company Eleprint, Elemaster also led the assembly and prototype testing with the partners involved. The Elemaster International Design Center (Eletech), as MVM design authority, led the submission to the U.S. FDA.
Gabriele Cogliati, President & CEO, commented: “We responded with enthusiasm to the request of collaboration received from the international scientific community coordinated by Professor Cristiano Galbiati and Professor Arthur McDonald, Physics Nobel laureate 2015. Elemaster put at disposal a full time team of over 40 specialists involved in project management, engineering design and process technologies control, printed circuits boards development and production, with the aim to develop, industrialize and manufacture in record time first protypes batches of MVM Milano Ventilatore Meccanico, coordinating other involved companies, too. This product is compliant to all the international standard requirements of the project, which was made with the full contribution of the international scientific community, and it’s revolutionary as it is easy to use and replicable all over the world”.