Patrick Daly M.D., a Jacksonville, Florida cardiologist and VentLife team member, said the ventilators are designed with different valves that have the same functions and effectiveness as traditional ventilators. They cost up to $5,000 each compared to as much as $50,000 for many machines, he added.
“We would like to produce at least 500 to 1000 ventilators immediately and ramp up with demand,” Daly said.
VentLife group members are participating in accelerator programs for the ventilator at the University of Cincinnati and the National Science Foundation that Yarabarla and Daly said will provide a total of $55,000 and introductions with investors.
So far, VentLife has raised about $12,000 through the organization website and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Yarabarla and Daly said.
Yarabarla is a former Fulbright Research Scholar and a nominee for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 program for 2020, which recognizes innovators and people to watch .
The Johns Creek resident said the ventilator project brings together his knowledge from Georgia Tech and medical school.
“It gives a good meaning to everything I’ve done,” he said.