Smith+Nephew, the global medical technology business, has confirmed that it is contracting with the UK government to build ventilators.
The 'OxVent' ventilator has been designed by a collaboration of scientists, clinicians and medical technology manufacturers from the University of Oxford, King’s College London and Smith+Nephew. It has been designed to allow for large scale production.
The OxVent ventilator is currently under review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority but the order is subject to the design gaining authorisation.
Smith+Nephew is supporting the assessment process and preparing for manufacture to begin immediately following authorisation from MHRA. The OxVent ventilator will be made at Smith+Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management facility in Hull, UK.
Roland Diggelmann, Chief Executive Officer of Smith+Nephew, said: