PA’s critical role in in the Ventilator Challenge UK programme is featured in Cambridge Independent. Panos Kakoullis, CEO-Elect at PA Consulting, is quoted regarding the programme and PA's Chief Innovation Officer Frazer Bennett and his team are mentioned.
The article notes that PA Consulting is playing a critical role in the VentilatorChallengeUK programme which has rapidly built and dispatched the first batch of the much-needed equipment to the NHS frontline.
PA was called on by the Cabinet Office to provide technology, sourcing, engineering, healthcare and project management expertise for the national programme. It is working with some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering firms and the Oxfordshire-based Penlon’s Prima ES02 ventilator was designed, manufactured, tested and ready for the frontline in just four weeks. On April 16, the Cabinet Office confirmed that it had received regulatory approval and the first batch of devices were dispatched within days to NHS hospitals to support coronavirus patients.
Guru Krishnamoorthy, Penlon CEO, talks about the PA team and says: “PA Consulting was Penlon’s first touch point when this project started and they have continuously provided amazing support ever since, including helping us overcome challenges as we moved towards ventilator production.
Guru adds: “Frazer Bennett and his team have been a great sounding board to us on various occasions whilst providing much needed oversight of the consortium which we wouldn’t have been able to do alone. I look forward to working more closely with the PA team to complete this project well within time and save as many lives as possible.”
Panos says: “I have been hugely impressed by the tireless work that the Penlon team has put in over the last four weeks to rapidly scale-up the production of the modified Prima ventilator. In these extraordinary times, it’s been incredible to see the ingenuity of Penlon, who has partnered with firms including McLaren and Ford, plus suppliers around the world, to get ventilators into hospitals fast.”
Panos adds: “PA Consulting is proud to be a part of this lifesaving national effort at this critical time and delighted to be working with government and industry on this collaborative mission to help resolve an urgent need for our country.’’
The article concludes by noting that companies in the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium have received formal orders from the government for in excess of 15,000 units.
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