AIR BOOST Ventilators

The problem:
Due to the COVID-19 virus, projections suggest the US may have a shortfall of tens of thousands of critical hospital ventilators. Supplies of existing ventilators have been so limited that countries and US states have bid against each others and driven prices up to $60,000 or more – offering to pay multiples of what ventilators normally cost and sending private planes to pick them up. Even at these prices, many orders are going unfilled – and smaller states who cannot afford to pay these prices are left begging for what the federal government is able to provide. Most alternative ventilators receiving press attention are just research projects and not actual products ready for production.

Solving the problem:
The Austin P51 by AIR BOOST took a different approach. The goal from the start was to build on the work done by MIT and others and turn this research into a product that could be rapidly produced at a reasonable cost. The team started by meeting with “customers” – pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and other doctors and nurses to ask them what features they needed. The result is a sophisticated and programmable, but simple-to-use Ambu bag ventilator to help fill anticipated shortfalls in ventilator availability during the COVID-19 pandemic. AIR BOOST anticipates the cost of the AustinP51 to be about $1,500.  Donations are being accepted to further the goal of delivering Austin P51 ventilators to COVID-19 hot spots in the United States.  More than $750,000 has already been contributed by three founders to fund design, engineering, and production - along with a loan of $750,000 for working capital.All ventilators will be sold for the cost of labor and parts to make them. This is charity and not a for profit business.

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The Backstory: 
Prototypes have been designed and tested with medical professionals from prominent hospitals in New York and Texas, enabling AIR BOOST engineers to rapidly refine and improve the Austin P51 ventilator.

The Austin P51 was developed with a ‘moonshot’ philosophy by a small group of uniquely qualified experts including experienced medical professionals, leading industrial robotics engineers, homeland security experts, start-up entrepreneurs, and finance professionals.  The initial concept for the Austin P51 ventilator arose on March 15th, 2020 and the product was completed and ready for production just 16 days later on March 31st, 2020.  The Austin P51 derives its name from the P-51 Mustang fighter plane that went from contract to prototype to production in record time during WWII and was instrumental in establishing air superiority.

The President  of AIR BOOST stated, “After analyzing upcoming medical supply challenges and after hearing about equipment needs from City, State and Federal government leaders, we knew we could create a solution. We quickly partnered with SISU, a first-class U.S. industrial design firm specializing in robotic solutions, which has a proven ability to tackle the most difficult engineering problems and deliver speed, creativity, quality, and durability. Their expertise, together with the commitment of others in medicine, finance and government, have been instrumental in advancing the development and production of the Austin P51.” 

AIR BOOST is now seeking additional funding in order to obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemicl, to build additional units and injection molding for parts, and to provide working capital for inventory. Donations are being accepted to further the goal of delivering the Austin P51 ventilators to hospitals in the United States. Delivery will begin following the receipt of FDA EUA approval. AIR BOOST retains the right to determine where the ventilators are sold and delivered. AIR BOOST asks that press please directly press inquiries to our public relations firm and not contact the engineers at SISU directly - so they can remain focused on engineering and building the Austin P51 ventilator.

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