Victorian Government backs Ballarat-based Gekko Systems to manufacture ventilators

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The Victorian Government has announced funding support for mineral processing solutions company Gekko Systems to advance the company’s ventilator production plans.

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The Victorian Government, which is also backing local manufacturer Grey Innovation to manufacture 2,000 invasive ventilators by the end of July, has committed funds to help Gekko Systems prepare their ventilator design for manufacturing readiness.

Dubbed “GeVentor”, the Gekko ventilator is a collaborative project located in the regional city of Ballarat.

Michael Poulton, CEO of the Committee for Ballarat, is playing a lead role in facilitating local, regional and national skills and capability.

Local clinician, anaesthetist Doug Paxton, has been integral in the design of the prototype.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula said Gekko has established a rapid response project team who will commence work over the Easter break to accelerate critical path outcomes, including the final product testing, supply strategies and TGA approvals required to safely bring this product to market.

“We’re moving to fast-track the local production of ventilators, so that hospitals and health-care workers can continue their extraordinary efforts in caring for those of us who need it most,” the Minister added.

“A local manufacturer of these life-saving machines will help us respond to coronavirus cases and help save Victorian and Australian lives.”

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