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Parrot helps Makers For Life to design the MakAir respirator

17th APRIL, 2020 
Parrot is proud to support the French medical profession facing the Covid-19 by sharing the MakAir open source respirator project with its experience in engine design and integration. 

Parrot is proud to support the French medical profession facing the Covid-19 by sharing the MakAir open source respirator project with its experience in engine design and integration. 
The engine is an essential and very demanding part of any ventilation device: constant power, controlled vibrations, sufficient reliability and endurance to allow 24/24 operation for 6 weeks. Our expertise allows us to offer today 500 engines that perfectly meet these criteria, for the launch of the MakAir project, which is both ambitious, simple and modular. Ultimately, as part of industrialization in France, Parrot will have made 5,000 engines available to the project. The genesis of the MakAir project The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the entire medical chain worldwide. In particular, it highlighted a shortage of artificial respirators, which are essential for intubating the most severe patients for one to three weeks. In France, a first project coordinated by Air Liquide aimed to increase the production of artificial respirators from 200 to 10,000 per year, starting in May 2020. This project brings together many manufacturers. A second nonprofit project has spurred initiatives to create a simplified artificial respirator from standard components to help alleviate the shortage as soon as possible. Quentin Adam of the Makers For Life collective, in collaboration with Professors Antoine Roquilly and Pierre-Antoine Gourraud of the Faculty of Medicine of Nantes, and Erwan L’Her, Head of the Intensive Medicine and Care Department of the Brest CHU, proposed a concept innovative simplified artificial respirator, based on a software regulation of inspiration-expiration, directly from the pneumatic system (and not from electromechanical ventilators). This architecture makes it possible to simplify the very complex management of the lungs under Covid-19, to dispense with multiple measurements and displays, and to use fans and standard components. 

 Makers For Life collective, in collaboration with Professors Antoine Roquilly and Pierre-Antoine Gourraud of the Faculty of Medicine of Nantes, and Erwan L’Her, Head of the Intensive Medicine and Care Department of the Brest CHU, proposed a concept innovative simplified artificial respirator, based on a software regulation of inspiration-expiration, directly from the pneumatic system (and not from electromechanical ventilators). This architecture makes it possible to simplify the very complex management of the lungs under Covid-19, to dispense with multiple measurements and displays, and to use fans and standard components. 

The Nantes developer team turned to the CEA for the industrialization of this concept, which had already been the subject of a proof of concept at the Brest University Hospital. 
The financing of the project until its industrialization was provided by „public money“ (direct and indirect funding, made available to resources): 
– by the foundation of the University of Nantes, the CHUs of Nantes and Brest, with the support of Pays-de-Loire and the community of Nantes 
– by CEA with the support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region 

Versions 
Version 0 (<10 units) 
Proof of concept 
Prototype allowing to carry out architecture validation tests, to verify operating parameters, software, and to carry out initial tests on animals. 
Operating objective: at least 4 days 
Version 1.x (<500 units) 
Pre-industrial product for qualification
Product allowing to conduct patient trials with BOM of reliable and biocompatible components. 
Operating objective: 80% of machines> 3 weeks 
Version 2.x (> 500 – 5000 units) 
Industrial product
Industrialized product with secure supply chain, with quality control of components (FMEA) and assemblies. 

About Parrot 
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is the only group to be positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software. Its microdrones, recognized for their performance and robustness, address consumer and professional uses. The Group also has a set of advanced professional solutions (drones, sensors, software) intended for businesses, large corporations and governments. Its expert solutions are focused primarily on three vertical markets: (i) Agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection, and (iii) Defense and Security. 

The Parrot Group designs and engineers its products in Europe, mainly in France and Switzerland. It currently employs over 500 people worldwide and makes the majority of its sales outside of France. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, has been listed since 2006 on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 – PARRO). 
To learn more, visit: www.parrot.com and these subsidiaries www.pix4d.com, www.sensefly.com, www.micasense.com. 

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