The story of Ocalink
In March 2020, we saw the COVID-19 situation in Italy worsening with doctors having to choose young adults over seniors when allocating ventilators that are in short supply.
We thought that no one should have to make that choice, so we set out with a goal of building 1 million life-saving ventilators.
35 days into the project, our engineering team built a working prototype of an ICU ventilator—the Pantheon Emergency Ventilator™ (PEV™).
The ventilator shortage is as much a supply chain problem as it is an engineering problem. Therefore, we created the PEV™ with the constraints of a disrupted global supply chain in mind:
- We used only parts that can be easily sourced in Canada; and
- We built a supply chain ecosystem that can scale by teaming up with multiple manufacturers and suppliers.
The PEV contains only 53 components compared to hundreds of components of traditional ventilators, making the PEV easier to manufacture.
We mobilized a supply chain with 85 manufacturers that can scale up quickly and deliver large quantities under a constrained global supply chain.
Our goal is to meet the global demand, even going as far as producing 1 million ventilators. Thankfully, COVID-19 has not progressed to a state where the world is short of 1 million ventilators. However, we are committed to building as many quality ventilators as the world requires of us.