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Networks produce cheap respirators

Researchers at Malmö University are part of an international network that produces drawings to be able to manufacture cheap respirators. The equipment will now be inspected and the hope is that it will be able to be used within two years.

A group of volunteers in various specialist areas, including dentists, doctors and engineers, have formed the LibreLabs platform. Covid-19 has shown the need to be able to help patients through the development of new technology. The purpose of the collaboration is to make medical technology accessible to all. The drawings can be downloaded for free.

  • The pandemic has shown that the lack of respirators is a problem in many parts of the world, for example in my home country Sri Lanka, says Manjula Herath, doctoral student at the Faculty of Dentistry.

Lives up to medical standard
Respirators help patients with breathing. The aim is to make a sustainable and affordable solution that is made available for production in low- and middle-income countries, where there is a significant shortage of respirators.

  • It’s not a field respirator. It will be a respirator that lives up to the medical technical European standard and that works for long-term use. We are not there yet, but that is our goal, says Manjula Herath.

Together with colleague Lisa Papia, senior lecturer and dental technician, he has developed a design for 3D prints of some of the key components found in a respirator. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have contributed computer simulations. In total, about 15 researchers are included in the project.

Can be ready within two years

  • We produce the drawings and create files. Based on them, you should be able to make respirators yourself, says Lisa Papia.

A first prototype will undergo a quality assessment in London by an independent party to see if the equipment works as intended. Manjula Herath and Lisa Papia believe that this will be ready within six months. Changes will probably need to be made, and they consider it realistic that an approved respirator can be in place within two years.

  • To be able to get there, we need financing, which is something we work with, says Manjula Herath.

”A commercially manufactured respirator today costs around 10,000 dollars and we believe that ours can be manufactured for around a tenth of that cost,” he says.

Kanelbullens dag

Idag den 4 oktober firar vi i Sverige kanelbullens dag, men det är viktig att äta den rätta och nyttigare kanelen. Nämligen den som kommer från Sri Lanka och benämns Ceylon Cinnamon.

Journalisten Anna-Britta Ståhl har besökt Sri Lanka och genom åren skrivit mycket om hälsa däribland kanel (Ceylon Cinnamon)

I Sverige kan du t ex köpa Ceylon Cinnamon hos CeylonStores



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Sri Lanka as a tech hub presented at Swedish Gothenburg Tech Week.

1 September Sri Lanka was presented during the Gothenburg Tech Week.

The Tech Week is West Sweden’s largest forum and event dedicated to entrepreneurship and tech.

This was the the fifth year it was arranged and second time Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council together with Business Region Göteborg hosted a seminar.

The theme for the seminar was “The Vibrant Tech Scene of Sri Lanka”. Key note speakers was Ms Anna Kalm and Ms Dilini Serasinghe from the Swedish own Sri Lankan IT-company Ascentic.

Mr Erik Behm from Business Region Gothenburg opened the seminar explaining their role and why they see it as important to the region to have this international outlook.

Mr Leif I Ohlson, Secretary General Sweden Sri Lanka Business Council presented Sri Lanka as the regional hub but also how many Swedish companies in the West Region of Sweden has long relations with Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also come closer to West Sweden thanks to Qatar Airways flights from Gothenburgs International Airport.

Ms Anna Kalm, co-founder of Ascentic, gave an interesting presentation of the journey from Sweden to Sri Lanka and why she and her husband started the company. Ms Anna strongly recommended more companies in many fields to look into the possibilities in Sri Lanka.

Ms Dilini Serasinghe gave an interesting exposé of the current tech scene in Sri Lanka and how it was to work for a newly started foreign company.

“I am very glad that have we this cooperation with Business Region Gothenburg and Gbg Tech Week. Sri Lanka needs more promotion and marketing. Also very important to show that there are business opportunities in Colombo for Swedish companies” says Leif I Ohlson, Secretary General for SSLBC.

“We will have more activities during the autumn with Business Region Gothenburg and other stakeholders.

Sweden is past, present and future partner to Sri Lanka” concludes Mr Ohlson.

Back to the Basics: The Software Development Lifecycle

The topic of building software was always an intricate one – way before disruptions induced by COVID-19 set in. From keeping all stakeholders happy, to ensuring security remained tight, much needs to be considered in order to call success to a piece of software. However, we have to accept the fact that lockdowns and a subsequent increase in dependency towards digital products have turned the tables for many technological nuances – software development included.

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