Hospitals around the world are grappling with COVID-19. Key to this challenge is making sure our hospitals have the equipment to treat people with respiratory problems.
In this context ventilators are pivotal pieces of medical equipment. But there aren't enough ventilators for the projected number of people who may become ill.
While engineering firms could consider switching some manufacturing to help ramp production of the vital equipment, state of the art ventilators will still take too long to manufacture. That’s why we’re looking to emerging markets for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems (RMVS). These designs will then be shared with the world to support the fight against COVID-19.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
⬥WHAT WE NEED: RAPIDLY MANUFACTURED VENTILATION SYSTEMS
We are looking for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture by a team at UCL through UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub ,and will receive a licensing fee.
⬥WHAT YOU GET: OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT COVID-19 EFFORTS GLOBALLY AND A ROUTE TO MARKET IN THE UK AND BEYOND
▶︎ Global exposure and recognition for your technology
▶︎ Support from a pop-up team of experts at UCL's Institute of Healthcare Engineering team to get the technology ready for manufacturing
▶︎ A fee per ventilator or spare parts for the ventilator - to be determined based on complexity of manufacturing process and locally available materials
▶︎ Support to establish a licence agreement with one or more UK manufacturers for a minimum of 1000 ventilators
▶︎ Support to establish partnerships with UK manufacturers on future development of the ventilator technology
▶︎ Promotion for use amongst DFID's 27 countries of operation
▶︎ Potential fast-tracked medical product certification for the UK
▶︎ Launch: Thursday 19 March 2020
▶︎ Close : Monday 23 March 2020 (11:59 PM EDT)
▶︎ Final Selection: Wednesday 25th March (09:00 GMT)
Applications will be reviewed and assessed as they are received. Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 23 March 2020. Late submissions will not be considered.
What is an eRFP Challenge?
eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.
After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.
This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Challenges of this type do request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.