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June 4, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Fitbit develops emergency ventilator – Immunostics develops portable Covid-19 testing solution for universities

By Chloe Kent

Fitbit has developed Fitbit Flow, a high-quality, low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator, for use during the Covid-19 health crisis. The ventilator has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Fitbit Flow is an automatic resuscitator and its design is inspired by the MIT E-Vent Design Toolbox. The specifications are based on Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems.

Immunostics and University of Utah Medical School associate professor Dr. Scott Benson have developed a Covid-19 testing solution and protocol for colleges and universities. Immunostics’ Covid-19 Ab antibody testing platform can provide results within ten minutes, and will allow college clinicians to measure the level of antibody titer of students at any given time and, if desired, to monitor them over a specified period.  Most US educational institutions have planned to reopen their campuses in the autumn, meaning there is a need for an effective system for test and trace on campuses.

Sensor Electronic Technology has launched portable air purifier and surface disinfection device with which can sterilise 99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in 30 seconds. These products are expected to decrease the risk of infection of various microorganisms. They will be sold online from 8 June in South Korea and the United States.

The Medicom Group has opened a new mask manufacturing facility in Singapore, which is expected to produce millions of masks each month. The facility is established as the KHM Engineering company and will help address the need for personal protective equipment amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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