New York Needed Ventilators. So They Developed One in a Month (NYT)

The pandemic inspired an innovative project to design and make a low-cost ventilator in weeks, not years. The hurry-up engineering feat relied on human networks; two in particular stand out. The original design came from a classroom project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a decade ago, since upgraded the design in collaboration with outside groups. The other network is the government and business community of New York. The city government took on the role of a risk-taking venture investor, first with a $100,000 research grant and then a nearly $10 million agreement to buy 3,000 of the basic ventilators.

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