The BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator is an easy to use, mass produced, full featured critical care ventilator that was created as a response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. It required the Nectar team to dive into an unforeseen remote work environment while navigating tight timelines and extreme supply chain challenges.
The unmet need that hospitals around the country were facing called for ventilators that are both easy to train on and mass producible with easily sourced components, something that would typically take years to develop. Nectar rose to the challenge, delivering an FDA approved ventilator created with locally sourced components within 10 months of the project start date.
While continuing to develop other projects on schedule, Nectar’s team recognized that lives were being lost as a result of ventilator shortages. With daily interdisciplinary meetings, agile methodology, and a commitment to our company values, we worked with engineers, designers, and clinicians to ensure that these ventilators would be available to save lives as soon as possible.
We leveraged our team’s experience with medical and critical care devices, our existing presence within the supply chain, and our ISO 13485:2016 QMS Certification to take the BDR-19™ Critical-Care Ventilator to hospitals around the world.
Based on challenges many medical device producers were facing, Nectar evaluated the supply chain early in the process; we could see that the pandemic was preventing other ventilator companies from increasing production because they couldn’t get their components through the supply chain.
As a result, our early stage design was based on readily and locally sourced components that we knew we could use for mass production, regardless of border’s closing or international shortages. During a tough economic time, our device has not only saved lives, it’s also been a part of creating California jobs due to our emphasis on local sourcing and production.
Prior to launching a medical product into the market, it is crucial to ensure the device is both safe and user-friendly, as inadequate usability can potentially result in loss of life. To collect feedback on the design and validate its ease of use, we conducted a usability study with nurses and respiratory therapists at a partner hospital
The participants in this study were given a short video tutorial on how to operate the device before being given a variety of tasks to complete by the facilitator. This enabled Nectar to test the critical tasks associated with the use of the device and ensure the device was safe and easy to operate without mistakes. After synthesizing the results of the study it was determined that the BDR-19 was safe and easy to use.
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Nectar’s CEO, Darren Saravis, is extremely proud of the Nectar team for pulling together such an efficient, life-saving product at an unheard of pace. As he shared afterwards:
“It’s truly amazing to see what people are capable of when they really need to pull together and make something happen.”
Darren is an accomplished, dynamic leader who founded Nectar, X-Naut, and BreathDirect. He is committed to improving the world through the synthesis of technology, science, and art. Under Darren’s leadership, Nectar is leveraging the latest advances in cutting-edge technology to transform medical device development and design. As part of his
Dr. Steve Wells holds a critical role in steering Nectar’s operations and defining its strategic direction. His impactful leadership has established a clear course for the company’s success. He has revitalized the company with a passion for maximizing impact through expert resource utilization since taking the helm in 2020. Steve has boosted Nectar’s portfolio, streamlined processes, and reinvigorated its innovation agenda, all with the goal of developing life-saving and impactful products. His background in senior leadership roles at Georg Fischer and his people-focused, results-driven leadership style make him an invaluable asset to our team. Steve’s extensive knowledge in chemistry, biocompatibility, and biology only adds to his value as a team member.
Adam Marten has worked in the aerospace and consumer products industries since 2006 with lead engineering experience in conceptual design, product development, analysis and performance qualification testing. Adam has experience leading a range of technical projects, including multiple structural analyses for military and aerospace applications. He has also worked directly with engineering teams to develop medical devices and laboratory instrumentation.
With over two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, Kerry has been instrumental in transforming patient care and improving patient outcomes across the globe. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in the cardiovascular and cardiothoracic operating room, as well as her experience in emergency medicine, geriatrics, pediatric psychiatry, and main OR, make her a versatile and valuable member of the team. From small hospitals to large teaching institutions, Kerry’s 20 years of experience with patient documentation, including the use of EPIC, Cerner, and Meditech electronic charting systems, have positioned her as a leader in her field. Her recent involvement in helping transition the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Cardiac Surgery program from paper charting to electronic documentation further underscores her commitment to advancing the healthcare industry.