The 30-day COVID-19 Ventilator Prototype

Start time: 12.00pm AEST. Join a panel of engineers responsible for the creation of a ventilator prototype in this case study-driven presentation about the engineering response to COVID-19.
The 30-day COVID-19 Ventilator Prototype


A team of engineers, medics and manufacturers designed and built a production-ready, safe and functional mechanical ventilator.

The driving force behind the project was a desire to help alleviate the global ventilator shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in developing countries.

This presentation will feature a case study that will address a rapid engineering COVID-19 response from key industry leaders, delving into the project’s:

  • Collaboration & partnerships
  • Component prototyping & rapid engineering
  • Phasing through technology readiness levels with stage-gate reviews & requisite skillsets
  • End-user engagement with subject matter experts
  • Stakeholder management
  • Business & IP management aspects
  • Manufacturing
  • Regulatory
  • Quality management
  • Design (electrical, mechanical, software)



Tony Sprague | Founder, Ozvader Ventilators

Group Manager of Mining Technology & Innovation with Newcrest Mining
Business Transformation
Geotechnical & Mining Engineer

James Oliver | Director and Mechanical Engineer, Olitek Engineering

MD of Olitek Engineering (Head Manufacturer of OzVader)
Lead System Engineer – Prototype and Type OzVader
Mechanical Engineer

Dr Kiran Shekar | Intensive Care Specialist, Prince Charles Hospital

Senior Staff Specialist, Adult Intensive Care Services
Deputy Director, Critical Care Research Group
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology
Associate Professor, University of Queensland
Associate Professor, Bond University, Gold Coast


Lachlan Brown | Under-Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Olitek Engineering
TGA Validation & Accuracy Testing requirements
Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer at QUT

21 / 09 / 2020 - 12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
Registration Closes
21 / 09 / 2020 12:00 pm
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  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Tony Sprague, James Oliver, Dr Kiran Shekar, Lachlan Brown
Engineers Australia
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