Army veteran Dr. Kamal Kalsi was among the first doctors in the United States called upon to treat COVID patients in early 2020. In late February, after an exhausting day treating a rapidly increasing number of potential COVID patients, he reached out to a fellow Afghan war veteran, Matt Zeller, to brainstorm how they might be able to help support the fight against the coming COVID storm.
Kamal laid the terms bare - if a COVID patient could no longer oxygenate their blood properly and started to go into respiratory failure, they had a low probability of surviving. Typically, these types of patients require a special machine called a ventilator that helps them breath and oxygenate their blood. If no ventilator is available when they need it, these patients had a 100% chance of dying. The cost of most ventilators begins at $10,000, pricing many health systems, organizations and communities out of affording the quantity of ventilators needed to treat the growing wave of COVID patients. Kamal and Matt had their mission. They decided to help the sickest and most vulnerable covid patients by developing a low cost ventilator.
They reached out to their friend and entrepreneur Mohammed Kilani, ventilation expert Dr. Ravi Ventkatarman, mechanical engineer Walter Rowe, and electrical engineer Jorge Martinez-Vargas, and together formed Victory Medical, Inc., as a public benefit corporation. Consistent with the ethos of the group, Victory Medical seeks to give back to our communities through medical innovation. Since March 2020, the Victory Medical team has been hard at work on the Victory Ventilator. With a target price below $1,000 a unit, the Victory Ventilator is the only ventilator globally at that price point that can treat covid patients with the high end expiratory pressures needed for their care. Designed for use in austere environments, mobile/transport settings, and fixed facilities, the Victory Ventilator requires no electricity, has no moving parts aside from a diaphragm, and operates using the power of the airflow coming out of an oxygen tank.
We will offer the Victory Ventilator to EMS, hospitals (for both immediate use and disaster stockpiles), militaries, and nations whose health care systems cannot afford to acquire large numbers of traditional ventilators. We founded Victory Medical, Inc. as a Public Benefit Company to obligate ourselves to invest a portion of our profits into communities who have been affected by COVID and a portion into supporting cancer research. Service through innovation - that’s our mission and our commitment for a better future.
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