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The NOTUS Ventilator Program Update

Ten weeks ago the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announced the $31.3 million Grey Innovation supply contract for 2,000 emergency invasive ventilators. Named after the Greek God of Southern Wind, the NOTUS ventilator is now a full blown reality.

The ventilators are being developed for the NOTUS Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program led by Melbourne-based Grey Innovation.

With the TGA audit of Grey Innovation and the two final assembly lines at Planet Innovation in Box Hill and Medmont International in Nunawading competed last week, the company is now at the point of refining the production process and bringing the line up to speed. Grey Innovation says they are on track to manufacture patient circuit and consumables locally through Fairmont Medical.

Electronics manufacturer Circuitwise Electronics, a member of the Australian consortium of companies developing the ventilators was front and centre during a ABC News broadcast that saw General Manager, Serena Ross, interviewed by the ABC at Circuitwise’s facilities where the printed circuit board assemblies were being manufactured.

The focus of the ABC’s reporting was not just on the ventilator program but also on the efforts underway to raise awareness of local manufacturing capabilities.

Speaking to the ABC’s Western Sydney reporter Kathleen Calderwood, Ms Ross said she was pleased to be able to represent a range of other companies in the electronics sector that can provide advanced manufacturing services to Australians companies looking to go #AustralianMade.

“We are just one of over 2,000 companies that put their hand up to help. In electronics, we have shown we are now competitive with Asia by investing in advanced technology and rigorous quality systems to enable manufacturing of high-reliability products like medical devices,” Ms Ross said.

“There will be many other companies in other manufacturing sectors that raised their competitiveness and now warrant a closer look from companies that have blindly assumed that they should go offshore. These companies should realise that the new #SmartMove is to manufacture in Australia.”

While restrictions around Australia are being eased, the consortium is working to help boost the national stockpile to ensure there is always a ventilator available to patients in the future.

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