UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


UCL Ventura – The Engineering Story

02 June 2020, 5:15 pm–6:15 pm

CPAP device

Prof Tim Baker will present and discuss the UCL Ventura CPAP device in this webinar with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

This event is free.

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Greater London
United Kingdom

Professor Tim Baker from UCL will present and discuss the UCL-Ventura breathing aid, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. The CPAP helps Covid-19 patients with lung infections to breathe more easily, when an oxygen mask alone is insufficient.

Engineers at UCL and Mercedes-AMG HPP worked round-the-clock to reverse engineer a device that could be manufactured rapidly by the thousand. It took fewer than 100 hours from the initial meeting to production of the first device. The Mark II device reduced oxygen consumption by up to 70% compared to the Mark I, and received MHRA regulatory approval.

UCLH critical care consultant Professor Mervyn Singer (UCL Medicine) said: “In the past few weeks we have seen the UCL-Ventura help dozens of patients with Covid-19 breathe more easily.”

About the Speaker

Professor Tim Baker

at UCL Mechanical Engineering

Tim teaches design and practical engineering skills at UCL and is vice-chair of the IMechE Design Challenge competition. His experience started in Formula 1 as an engine builder. His career evolved into development and engine design. He has designed engines that have won races and championships at global level, notably class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.