Increasing access to Oxygen; learnings from one year on the Oxygen CoLab.

Oxygen Concentrator’s giving life
  • The technology was not built for these environments. We need new technology that is fail-safe in LMICs. Countries where access to stable electricity is not possible or dusty air wreaks havoc on mechanical parts;
  • The capacity of the medical device ecosystem needs strengthening to access and maintain medical device technologies
Where the Oxygen CoLab started back in 2021
Picture Credit to Open O2 Milawi
  • Technology. A lot of the activity of the Oxygen CoLab involved innovator workshops through which we accumulated a long list of about 140+ ways one could fix different parts of the tech problems from energy efficiency, to dust, to zeolite membrane storage, you can find details here (under ‘learnings from past meet-ups’).
  • Business Model Innovation. Adding business model innovation in the form of ‘Oxygen-as-a-service’ is aimed at addressing the maintenance and servicing part of the problem and create a lower overall total cost of ownership. The aim is to create services that build ecosystem capacity and maintain new and old devices to provide stable Oxygen supplies in efficient and scalable forms.

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