UMN COVID-19 Ventilator Designs Released to Outside Manufacturers for Free

The design specifications for a low-cost emergency ventilator are now available for download worldwide.

The ventilator was developed by researchers at the University to assist healthcare professionals in treating COVID-19 patients. Under the open source license agreement, anyone can now begin producing the ventilator without paying for the design requirements.

“This particular case with COVID-19, it was all about just getting [the designs] out there,” said Rick Huebsch, executive director for Technology Commercialization at the University. “Basically we said, 'We will do what we can to get these technologies out there, and we're not going to let licensing get in the way of saving people's lives.'”

This story was published in June 2020 in the Minnesota Daily.