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DST funds Genrich Membranes to develop membrane oxygenator equipment
DST funds Genrich Membranes to develop membrane oxygenator equipment

The device has been designed to meet the requirement of respiratory interventions to treat breathlessness of the patients who have been released from Intensive Care Units (ICU).

09 April 2020 Current Affairs:Department of Science and Technology (DST) is to support and provide funding to the Genrich Membranes, a spin-off company, based on proprietary technology licensed from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune to increase the membrane oxygenator equipment (MOE). MOE is developed to treat COVID-19 patients. The equipment was successfully tested at Genrich. 

Membrane Oxygenator Equipment:
♦ Innovative-based MOE is an indigenous hollow-fiber membrane technology that enriches oxygen in the air up to 35% under pressure of 4-7 bar, using an oil-free compressor.
♦ MOE consists of membrane cartridge, oil-free compressor, output flowmeter, humidifier bottle, nasal-cannula, and tubing and fittings. The compressed, filtered air which comes out from the compressor is fed to the membrane cartridge. It selectively permeates oxygen over nitrogen offering oxygen-enriched air as the product at the ambient pressure. The membrane cartridge can distinguish oxygen and nitrogen restricts the passage of viruses, bacteria, and particulate matter. The product air is of medical grade. 
♦ The equipment does not need trained manpower for its operation. It is portable, compact, and needs minimum maintenance. It is provided with a plug-and-play facility providing on-site and quick-start oxygen-enriched air.
♦ Medical grade oxygen-enriched air is the need of the hour facility to treat COVID-19 situations.
♦ The device has been designed to meet the requirement of respiratory interventions to treat breathlessness of the patients who have been released from Intensive Care Units (ICU).