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Haply wins the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge

calendar_today12/15/2020
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The Haply design was selected as the best out of thousands of entries on the basis of simplicity in design and operation, as well as cost of production and ease of training.

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The Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (IR-MUHC), in partnership with the McGill Faculty of Engineering, are pleased to announce the winning team of the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge: team Haply from Montreal.

The CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge was officially launched earlier in 2020 with a two-week sprint to design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-build ventilator that could serve patients suffering from COVID-19. More than 2,600 registrations were received, representing over 1,000 teams from 94 countries. After extensive testing of their prototypes, three finalists were chosen by a team of world-renowned critical care experts, respiratory therapists, medical device experts, and mechanical ventilator manufacturers.

The Haply design was selected as the best of these three on the balance of simplicity in design and operation, as well as cost of production and ease of training. In addition, the judges were impressed by the versatility and anticipated robustness of the design.

“Our experience with the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge was incredibly challenging but was one of the most rewarding experiences we have gone through as a team. We were motivated by the disparities between developed and developing nations in access to essential medical technologies like ventilators which have been highlighted by COVID 19. We are incredibly grateful to the organizing committee and specifically to Prof. Reza Farivar, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, the RI-MUHC, and the McGill Faculty of Engineering for putting together such a meaningful initiative,” expressed Colin Gallacher, Co-Founder of Haply Robotics.Thanks to the tremendous support of the CODE LiFE Ventilator Challenge sponsors, including Scotiabank ®, MD Financial Management Inc., the Canadian Medical Association, and Agorize, as well as some generous private individuals, Haply will now receive the rest of its $200,000 prize.