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STaR Centre directors Greg O’Grady, and John Windsor with our brilliant technologist Bruce Stokes, have been selected as finalists in the Velocity $100k Challenge.

This Challenge is the flagship competition within Velocity, New Zealand’s leading university entrepreneurship development programme. Delivered by the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Velocity is now in it’s 17th year. It has a legacy of opening up limitless opportunities and identifying the entrepreneurs and change-makers of the future.

Their proposed venture, G-Ventox is set to improve outcomes for Covid-19 patients and others that rely on oxygenation. The current Covid-19 infection pandemic has required mechanical ventilation of many patients over prolonged periods in order to maintain oxygenation. However, outcomes of ventilated patients have been variable and often unsatisfactory. We have a new experimental technology that will improve patient oxygenation and thereby improve patient outcomes.

The G-Ventox team will compete for seed-capital and further support to grow their venture. The winners will be announced at the $100k Velocity Grand Final, taking place in October 2020.