13 July 2020
Eindhoven: the creative city
- About Brainport
The most innovative ideas and most powerful partnerships often emerge during crises. This certainly goes for Brainport Eindhoven: Europe’s top technology region. In Brainport, situated in the south of the Netherlands, you find a complete and unique high-tech ecosystem that is known for its unparalleled innovative strength and its integral and multi-disciplinary way of working. More than once, technological boundaries were pushed in Brainport Eindhoven to provide answers to complex challenges. This is also the case during the global health crisis we are currently facing caused by the corona virus. The examples in this document illustrate how the ecosystem functions in practice and under pressure to develop ventilators.
Philips is a global leader in health technology and a renowned name when it comes to respiratory equipment. Together with its contract manufacturers it recently increased the production of certain critical care products and solutions to help diagnose and treat patients with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Philips’ goal is to produce 15,000 simplified ventilators on a weekly basis together with trusted third-party suppliers.
In 2008 Brainport company Ventinova Medical marketed its disruptive technology that uniquely controls both the inspiratory and expiratory phases of patient ventilation, which has proven to offer several clinical benefits. The patented FCV®-technology is a global premiere. Together with among others development- and production partner Unitron the company scaled up its production from ten to tens of devices per month in assignment of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The company was supported by the economic development agency of the Brainport region, Brainport Development and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to speed up obtaining work capital. This drastically reduced the time-to-market.
Brainport company Demcon normally develops a single module for respirators but is now building simplified total ventilators for ICs at breakneck speed. In order to do this, the company uses the strength of the Brainport supply chain. Several companies contribute: VDL supplies milling and sheet metal work, Tbp Electronics tests printed circuit boards at the Brainport Industries Campus and electronics group Neways has also agreed to cooperate. The cooperation allowed Demcon to develop, produce and test a system that is suitable for the ventilation of corona patients in ICs within a month. On April 23rd, the first of over 500 breathing systems were delivered.
Brainport company Expandable Healthcare redesigns see containers to mobile CT-units in which corona-patients can be examined. This offers a direct answer to the acute global demand for additional research capacity. The containers are shipped to countries all over the world. The company collaborates with multinationals such as Philips, Siemens and GE healthcare. Expandable Healthcare designs and produces the units, the health companies provide equipment.
A unique partnership between high-tech system supplier NTS, Canon, ASML, CCC-engineering and start-up Stogger resulted in the serial production of open source ‘invasive mechanical ventilators’ named VentilatorPAL Pro within a month. This basic equipment offers an immediate answer to the ventilator shortages and relieve the pressure on the ICs. All partners showed enormous agility, the regular collaboration in the supply chain was shaped differently: ASML helped its supplier NTS with acquiring parts and Canon offered NTS additional assembly capacity. An excellent example of how Brainport partners find each other when they see interesting cross-overs between Life Science, Health and High-tech Systems and Materials (HTSM).
Do you want to learn more about the Brainport Eindhoven high-tech ecosystem? Or do you have any questions? Then please feel free to take a look at our website or contact us as at any time. You can reach us by sending an e-mail to Fancy van de Vorst, Business Developer at Brainport Development.