In the News: MERT-Supported Ventilator Project Highlighted by Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette

Saturday, December 11, 2021
Jeff A. Chamer, Telegram & Gazette

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A project from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an effort supported by the Mass. Manufacturing Emergency Response Team and grant support from the Innovation Institute at MassTech, was highlighted in a Sunday cover story by the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester:

As Massachusetts hospitals experienced ventilator shortages during the pandemic, Greg Fischer, a robotics engineering professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, put together a team to develop low-tech, low-cost ventilators that could be easily reproduced.

The team's work was supported by the Massachusetts Emergency Response Team (MERT), a collaboration of different Massachusetts organizations that produced materials needed for the COVID-19 pandemic, which is managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

"During the pandemic, the state developed the MERT ... they were trying to do everything they could to solve a lot of the challenges that came up with the pandemic. This included primarily PPE, so the protective equipment masks and everything, as well as ventilators," Fischer explained. "As part of that, we started developing low-cost ventilators that can be readily reproduced because at the time it looked like it was going to be a really urgent need to have these."

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