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A group led by Jack Kotovsky at the Lawrence Livermore Lab in Pleasanton is working to develop potential emergency ventilator kits to address the anticipated shortage. After, extensive conversations with docs, academics and interested parties, their objective is to build a machine that can be rapidly sourced from commonly available industrial supplies and can be assembled in many places (reducing distribution issues). They are finishing their preliminary design Monday but prior to finalizing it would be really beneficial to discuss with engineers familiar with ventilators (and associated parts) to make sure they are not overlooking any critical aspects. Another aspect that will need guidance is meeting FDA guidelines (emergency use if applicable). They would welcome any help from interested folks with knowledge and time available.

If anyone is interested, they can contact Dr. Shankar Sundaram, Director, Center for Bioengineering at Cell: (925) 423 6468

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