On 16th March the UK Government made an urgent call to businesses to help supply ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of it’s response to COVID-19 and the shortage of supplies within the NHS.
Whilst others have been talking, West Midlands based companies have been busy in the background to answer the UK government’s call.
Professor Martin Levermore, Chief Executive at Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi) and Chairman at Medilink West Midlands along with his key strategic partners, have been able to rapidly solve an unmet immediate clinical requirement and not only resolved a supply issue but at low cost.
Professor Levermore said: “I said we were going to ‘Get It Done’ and that is precisely what we have done even before the release of the MHRA specification last night.
Here are some of the best West Midlands companies in the field of automotive (RDM Group Coventry ) through Professor David Keen, Emma Hockley of Big Bear Droitwich and Health Technologies in ourselves MDTi (Wolverhampton) being able to rapidly solve an unmet immediate clinical requirement.
The Region has such talent that we need to now place the lens of the country on seeing it deliver more at pace and scale especially in these uncertain times.”
Professor Levermore confirmed full production within five weeks with an initial run of 10,000 units, and highlighted that importantly each unit can be reused or disposed of.
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Professor Levermore said: “This is a race to ensure we give as many people the chance to survive, it is only through having a strong and well maintained network of Health Technology companies held together by a cluster management group like Medilink, can we keep our healthcare system running.”
Professor Levermore concluded: “I think this is the term ‘the British Spirit’.”
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