By Dhel Nazario
With the continued need for ventilators and respirators, the Department of Science and Technology–Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), together with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), is looking to fund designs suitable for COVID-19 treatment.
“As a leader in enabling scientific solutions through R&D, the DOST-PCIEERD, together with PCHRD, opens its doors to our innovators and researchers to share their innovations that will ultimately aid our government to respond better to the pandemic and contribute to the healing of our nation,” said DOST-PCIEERD executive director Dr. Enrico Paringit.
Paringit said the prototype must be made from medical-grade materials and components and should have an assist control (AC) mode, tidal volume, back-up or respiratory rate (RR), inspiration: expiration (I:E) ratio, fraction of inspired oxygen (FIO2), alarms, and humidifier.
DOST-PCIEERD will support activities related to design and development, prototyping, fabrication, and assembly of the prototype, simulation, pre-accreditation testing and calibration in collaboration with the Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC), and testing by an accredited inspection body of the government.
DOST- PCIEERD said that concept proposals, including preliminary works done, description of design, workplan, deliverables, with a letter of intent from the medical expert or hospital, and the budget should be sent through email at [email protected] on or before April 28, 2020.
For projects/prototypes that passed industrial standards, DOST-PCHRD will support the conduct of the clinical trials and other clinical acceptance protocols.
DOST-PCHRD executive director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya stressed the importance of evaluating the safety and efficacy of the ventilators.
“Ventilators are vital in ensuring that our patients, especially those confined in the ICU, are given the maximum care and support they need to recover. Aside from addressing the need to secure more ventilator units, we also have to make sure that the equipment we produce or procure are reliable and efficient,” he said.
Upon submission of proposal to DOST-PCHRD, the proponent must have partnered with medical experts, secured an ethics clearance from an institution capable of conducting clinical trials, and identified industry partner/s with a License-to-Operate (LTO) certificate from the Food and Drugs Administration – Philippines for mass production.