Article 3, Volume 7 Issue 1

Open Innovation in Times of Covid-19: The case of Project OxyGEN

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Giovanna Lara Burbano – (University of Girona)

Received October 8, 2020; accepted December 9, 2020.

Abstract

In the face of the health crisis unleashed by Covid-19, experts worldwide took on the challenge of designing a low-cost emergency ventilator that could be assembled quickly. This study analizes the successful case of the Project OxyGEN, led by the Barcelona-based design firm Protofy, which created an industrial-class emergency ventilator and obtained approval from the Spanish Ministry of Health (AEMPS) for use on patients. The project received scientific support from a local Research Hospital, and SEAT, a Volkswagen subsidiary, collaborated in the OxyGEN ventilators’ mass-production. This open-hardware project sprung into action teams in more than 32 countries involved in the collaborative design process, adopted or made an iteration of the technology. These teams collaborated with suppliers, consultants, universities, and research institutes to drive this innovation forward.  The case highlights the Open Innovation approach, inter-organisational relationships between firms of different sectors with research institutions, and innovation communities.

Ante la crisis de salud desatada por Covid-19, los expertos de todo el mundo asumieron el desafío de diseñar un ventilador de emergencia de bajo costo que pudiera ensamblarse rápidamente. Este estudio analiza el caso de éxito del Proyecto OxyGEN, liderado por la firma de diseño con sede en Barcelona Protofy, que creó un ventilador de emergencia de clase industrial y obtuvo la aprobación del Ministerio de Sanidad de España (AEMPS) para su uso en pacientes. El proyecto recibió el apoyo científico de un Hospital de Investigación local, y SEAT, una subsidiaria de Volkswagen, colaboró en la producción masiva de ventiladores OxyGEN. Este proyecto de hardware abierto surgió en equipos de acción en más de 32 países involucrados en el proceso de diseño colaborativo, adoptó o hizo una iteración de la tecnología. Estos equipos colaboraron con proveedores, consultores, universidades e institutos de investigación para impulsar esta innovación. El caso destaca el enfoque de Innovación Abierta, las relaciones interorganizacionales entre empresas de diferentes sectores con instituciones de investigación y comunidades de innovación.

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Lara, G. (2020). Open Innovation in Times of Covid-19: The case of Project OxyGEN. European Accounting and Management Review, 7(1), 47-65.

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