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06 October 2020

OxVent shortlisted for the E&T Innovation Awards in Global Challenge category

OxVent, a multidisciplinary team from King’s College London, the University of Oxford, and Smith+Nephew, has been shortlisted in the Global Challenge category at the Engineering & Technology (E&T) Awards.


Following on from the initial project, OxVent Limited (a newly formed social enterprise supported by the OxVent team) is focusing on the pressing need to provide rapidly deployable, scalable, and low-cost ventilators to low and middle-income countries (LCIM) globally.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin, Head of School at King’s School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, said: “The OxVent team has shown the strength of multi-institutional and multidisciplinary collaboration to create innovative new medical technologies. Being shortlisted for the E&T Innovation Awards is testament to the team’s ability to develop, at speed, a viable solution to support the worldwide need for ventilators and motivation to explore wider applications for its use.”

“The OxVent ventilators ease of use, scalability, and cost-effectiveness make them an ideal solution for low and middle-income countries where there is urgent clinical need.”

Professor Sebastien Ourselin

OxVent Founding Director, Mark Thompson said: “This shortlisting is fantastic recognition for the exceptional team of engineers, medics, scientists and manufacturers who worked tirelessly to deliver a safe, simple and scalable rapidly manufacturable ventilator as part of the UK Ventilator Challenge.”

Dr Federico Formenti, Senior Lecturer at King’s Centre for Human and Applied Physiological Sciences, said “We are delighted that our project is shortlisted for this prestigious award. Being shortlisted is a clear acknowledgment of the outstanding quality of this team’s work, enabled by individuals’ generosity to dedicate talent and effort for the benefit of those in need

Taking place on the 19th November 2020, the E&T Innovation Awards recognise the best new innovations across science, engineering, and technology.The full shortlist can be viewed here:

The awards are organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to celebrate the individuals and teams creating innovative solutions to important problems. 

This research is supported by the Centre for Medical Engineering (CME), one of the largest centres for medical imaging research in Europe. CME is based within King's School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at the St Thomas’ Hospital campus and also includes the Department of Neuroimaging (IOPPN).


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Sebastien Ourselin

Professor of Healthcare Engineering

Federico  Formenti

Reader in Physiology