Dayo Olakulehin, the CEO of LigandCorp has developed a prototype of an innovative portable, battery-powered ventilator designed to assist unconscious patients breathe.
Manufactured in Canada, the innovation has been described by the Head of the Emergency Department at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, as “a critical device that will significantly reduce infant and adult mortality rates and perhaps, the best thing to happen to resuscitation care in our environment.”
The novel medical device with the potential to save millions of lives all over the world, is the brainchild of Dayo Olakulehin, who in 2012, during his housemanship at the LUTH, had an idea for a medical device that could potentially save millions of lives worldwide. For four months, Dayo and his team worked relentlessly to develop the affordable device. Three years later, he founded LigandCorp, an organisation devoted to developing and promoting innovative medical devices that will create lasting health solutions in Africa and other developing nations.
LigandCorp’s innovation is expected to cost $300 apiece. Conventional ventilators cost $30,000 while low cost alternatives, which are still under development, are to sell for about $3,000.