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Virgin Orbit designs new ventilator as part of Virgin Group’s efforts to combat coronavirus

Space, March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

Virgin Orbit designs new ventilator as part of Virgin Group’s efforts to combat coronavirus

Virgin Orbit worked with physicians and medical-device experts at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and the University of Texas at Austin, as part of the Bridge Ventilator Consortium, a group formed recently to quickly find a solution to the shortage of ventilators during the pandemic.  … “Getting ventilators out there is very important to save lives,” Dr. Brian J.F. Wong, an assistant chairman of otolaryngology (the study of the ears, nose and throat) at UCI who is a part of the Bridge Ventilator Consortium, said in the statement. “The demand outstrips supply, so it is important the government, industry, academia, non-profits and the community work together to identify solutions, and design and construct them as fast as possible.”