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Case Studies

Our case studies showcase academic research from across the Institute that has had an impact on the world or local community, and feature some of our current academics, research staff, Alumni and students.

OxVent ventilator machine, front view

OxVent – simple and scalable ventilator

In March 2020, in response to the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge, students, academic engineers and medics at Oxford and King’s College London built a completely new, safe, simple and scalable ventilator from scratch in a week. This amazing team with IBME students, staff and academics playing key roles was forged during intense round-the-clock work in the first wave and has developed through to OxVent Limited, the social venture, today.

The GDm-Health app is designed to improve gestational diabetes management. Image shows a smartphone linked by Bluetooth to a blood glucose meter.

GDm-Health™: Gestational Diabetes management system

With funding from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (a joint funding programme from the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health and Social Care), Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci undertook a programme of research starting in 2008 to design a digital health system to support patients in the self-management of a chronic condition, using key features of new smartphone technology.

Researcher wearing PPE holding a vial of coronavirus sample

OxLAMP® – accurate and rapid COVID-19 test with no specialist equipment needed

Researchers at the Department of Engineering Science and at the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) developed a test very early on in the COVID-19 pandemic to detect in under 30 minutes whether a person is infected with the virus and is still infectious. *Image credit: Jude Palmer/Royal Academy of Engineering*

Clinician working on Organox metra machine which enables storage and functional assessment of donor organs prior to transplantation

OrganOx metra: Making more livers usable for transplant

Resulting from cross-disciplinary biomedical engineering research at the University of Oxford’s Departments of Engineering Science and of Surgical Sciences, and funded by the NIHR and EU, the OrganOx metra is the world’s first normothermic (i.e. normal body temperature) organ preservation device used for improved and prolonged preservation and functional testing of livers prior to transplantation.