Let’s break barriers to fight Covid-19 together

Extraordinary times like these also bring out the best and most creative in people. We would like to use our platform and extensive network to bring ideas regarding Covid-19 together, and get all the help needed to drive them forward as rapidly as possible. 

Therefore, we have set up this website, where everybody can share their ideas and inventions with the world, with the aim of improving them and inspiring others. Simply add your idea using the menu, or comment on one of the ideas already published. Think, for example, about ways to better use or reuse equipment needed, or to test or treat patients. Or, if it is an invention you want to build in to a venture, we will advise you on how we or someone in our network can help you do this. Send us your ideas via inventions@nlc.health, and we will look at it at the shortest notice possible.

Share your own ideas to prevent, treat, or manage COVID-19 on this wall. Submit an idea to contribute to the discussion.

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Bracelet which detects Covid symptoms

A bracelet that continuously measures your temperature and breathing and thus detects any symptoms of COVID-19 at an early stage. To that end, Rick Grobbee, professor of clinical epidemiology at

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Free AI software can help triage COVID-19 on x-ray

A team of researchers from the Netherlands and AI software developer Thirona have developed a free commercial artificial intelligence (AI) software application can perform comparably to radiologists in triaging suspected

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Vaccines and Testing

First COVID-19 neutralizing antibody detected

Identification of promising candidate for COVID19 antibody therapy: Yumab GmbH announced it has identified a fully human monoclonal antibody with neutralizing activity against patient-derived coronavirus strain SARSCoV2. This milestone was

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Protective Equipment

Using Ultraviolet to Sterilize Mask

Ultraviolet light, particularly in the UVC range (280–100 nm), is known to inactivate microbes. During the current COVID-19 pandemic there’s a shortage of protective masks, particularly N95 masks that feature

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Vaccines and Testing

Smartphone Add on to detect Viruses

As the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, there is movement toward restarting life under a “new normal”. The virus may be with us for a long time, but widespread,

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Ventilators

Diagram Pacing Therapy gets FDA Authorization

Lungpacer Medical, based in Vancouver, Canada, announced that its Diaphragm Pacing Therapy (DPT) System received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for use in weaning COVID-19 patients off of ventilators. Patients on

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Ventilators

Ventilator build by NASA

According to NASA, the high-pressure ventilator, named VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), is composed of fewer parts than traditional ventilators. And since most of the parts used in the

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Vaccines and Testing

COVID 19 vaccines through the skin

The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and the Technology Transfer Fund KHAN-I are developing a vaccine procedure for SARS-CoV2 together with the Lead Discovery Center in

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Vaccines and Testing

Nico.lab joins ICOVAI

Nico.lab is excited to announce participation in ICOVAI. A collaboration between clinical, scientific and technology experts to bring the full potential of AI to health care practitioners fighting COVID-19. They

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Vaccines and Testing

FDA Approves First Home Testing Kit for COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Laboratory Corporation of

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Protective Equipment

A Drive-Through Testbooth

A team of engineers at Pennsylvania State University, including faculty and students, has been working on a solution to protect staff at drive-through COVID-19 testing sites. The team, working separately

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Video game for Covid-19 simulation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VirtualMedSchool (spin-off from Erasmus MC) has developed a level of AbcdeSIM aimed at diagnosing Covid-19 in a collegial collaboration with a group of international

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Sensor which can detect coronavirus in the air

Switzerland’s national institute for applied materials sciences—known under the German acronym EMPA along with research university ETH Zurich, are working on a sensor that can detect the novel coronavirus as

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Protective Equipment

Smart mask for prolonged usage

AirBliss+ What they do: AirBliss+® smart mask is designed for prolonged hours and daily usage. Its enhanced comfort will enable mass adoption especially for people who are in contact with others

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Remote Guidance for patients

Caro Health What they do: Meet Caro, a proven digital health companion app that offers conversational monitoring and remote guidance for patients. Caro works with healthcare professionals by informing, supporting,

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Clinicards allows customized care pathways

Clinicards What they do: Clinicards by Synappz is a scalable and secure digital healthcare platform that allows patients to be monitored, educated and coached in their healthcare process. Monitored using specifically

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Ventilators

Innovative Catheter by PulmoTech

PulmoTech What they do: The catheter developed by PulmoTech, an innovative small tube with pressure sensors, is inserted via the nose or mouth into the oesophagus, allowing the possibility to

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Protective Equipment

Air purification from VFA Solutions

VFA Solutions What they do: ASPRA air purification from VFA Solutions is an effective filtration and purification system that removes airborne viruses, pathogens and dust particles. Viruses, bacteria and fungi are biological

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Using smartphone for health monitoring

Happitech What they do: Happitech provides CE certified convenient and medical grade heart monitoring using simply the smartphone with no additional hardware. Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability, all measured directly via smartphone with no

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Protective Equipment

Dutch hospital submitted a design for FFP2 masks

The Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, Netherlands, has submitted a design for FFP2 masks to the Dutch government. Masks made according to this design, optimally protect healthcare professionals against

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Using Ozone to disinfect rooms

Ozone is one of the most powerful disinfectants. It is 50 times more effective at disinfection compared to the most popular disinfectant – chlorine, and the effects of its action

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Vaccines and Testing

LiveMD self-diagnosis COVID

LiveMD launched a new app where people can track COVID in their local area, self-diagnose themselves using an AI-based integrated tool, report their coronavirus status for tracking, and connect with

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Ventilators

University Converts CPAP Machines into Ventilators

Engineers at Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering designed the RE-INVENT device as an accessory that would repurpose a household CPAP machine. RE-INVENT is a product of collaboration between engineering

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Protective Equipment

Open-source Emergency Face Shield by REGGS

An open source face shield which is produced by hand out of only 2 everyday materials REGGS® (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in collaboration with Anega Energies Manufacturing PLC (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia)

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Protective Equipment

Innovative Face Masks for the Hearing Impaired

A senior at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in deaf education, has created innovative new face masks ideal for the hearing impaired. Ashley Lawrence shared the masks on Facebook, showing how they have a transparent area

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LUMC: Covid Box for home monitoring

The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has started home monitoring of LUMC patients who are infected with the coronavirus. These patients have only mild symptoms left and admission is therefore

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Ventilators

VentilatorPAL open source low-cost DIY kit

VentilatorPAL and VentilatorPAL Pro were designed to meet the requirements of doctors at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. It gives them sufficient functionality and flexibility to treat patients

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Lucense develops viral sample collection device

Singapore-based Lucence said it has developed a sample collection device for viral infections such as COVID-19. Unlike other companies’ tests, Lucence’s SAFER-Sample (Stabilization of nucleic Acid Formulation for Evaluation of

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Vaccines and Testing

Everlywell to offer at-home COVID-19 tests

Home testing company Everlywell said that it will launch a home test kit with telehealth diagnosis for COVID-19 on Monday. The Austin, Texas-based company said it will release 30,000 tests immediately

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Protective Equipment

ViriMASK for Corona Protection

An Israeli physician designed a protective mask that bridges the gap between N95 masks and a lot more restrictive gas masks, in the process of protecting the airways and the

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Vaccines and Testing

COVID-19 monitoring system by Medtronic

Medtronic Care Management Services is launching two new software programs for assessing, monitoring and triaging people concerned about COVID-19 and potential symptoms. The MCMS COVID-19 virtual care evaluation and monitoring

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Ventilators

Ventilator made by Tesla engineers

Tesla has shared an update on the ventilator it’s developing to address the shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new video posted on the company’s YouTube channel, Tesla’s engineers show off

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Ventilators

App to aid safe mechanical ventilation

In order to aid safe mechanical ventilation in our COVID-19 population, Jessica Workum and  Pim de Ruijter have worked very hard on creating such a tool. They are very proud

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LUMC launches COVID Radar

The Leiden University Medical Centre has launched a mobile app to acquire information on Corona related health complaints and people’s behavior. With this app, they want to map how the

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New support for positioning patients in the ICU

Medtech scale-up Ergotrics from Belgium already successfully launched an innovative solution to lift and position patients before spine surgery. Based on the same know-how of ergonomics and hygiene in combination

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Protective Equipment

Diagnosis at a Distance

Delmic, a dutch company was wondering what they could do to helpe with this crisis. With input from a GP, they have developed the D.A.A.D (Diagnosis At A Distance). Thanks

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Vaccines and Testing

Apple launches Covid-19 screening

Apple released a new Covid-19 screening tool in both app and website form, for people worried they may have gotten infected with the coronavirus. The tool is easy-to-use and will

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Protective Equipment

Robot Pepper as first point of contact

Robot Pepper as the first point of contact in an organization. Robot Pepper can effectively help inform employees, patients, and/or visitors with simple instructions supported by speech and gestures, about

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Protective Equipment

Corona incubator

Elmedix, a spin-off of the University of Antwerp, has developed a technology platform to very precise and controlled, heat patients. It is originally meant for treatment of cancer, but can

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Ventilators

Respirators for all

VentilatorPAL is a not-for-profit solution to the acute lack of respirators for the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 patients around the world. VentilatorPAL is a high-quality but low-cost, open source

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At home Corona check via an app

OLVG, CWZ, WZA and UMC Utrecht, together with Luscii, have developed an app – the OLVG Corona Check. With this app, people can have their health monitored from home. On

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Protective Equipment

Reusing N95 masks

Stanford researchers confirm N95 masks can be sterilized and reused with virtually no loss of filtration efficiency by leaving in oven for 30 mins at 70C / 158F

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Vaccines and Testing

Overview of tests for corona and opportunities

The extraordinary success of Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong in limiting the impact of the sudden acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) demonstrates that it is possible to mount an effective response to

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Vaccines and Testing

Safe sampling for COVID-19 with DTwist

Safe Sampling for #COVID-19 testing in home (quarantine) setting is getting more challenging with on the one hand the need for trained staff to collect good swab samples and on the

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Protective Equipment

Open Source Face Mask

While face masks that block particles from coming into the lungs via the nose and mouth are important to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the eyes and the rest of

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Protective Equipment

New nano-filter for reusable face masks

A KAIST research team announced that they have developed a nano-filter that maintains excellent filtering efficiency even after hand washing through the development of proprietary technology that aligns nanofibers with

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Multiple patients on a single respirator

Summary: because it is hard do quickly develop more respirators, so University of Twente and Amsterdam UMC are working together to treat multiple patients on a single respirator More info

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SOLIDARITY trial of the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to find out whether any drug can treat infections with the new coronavirus for the dangerous respiratory disease.

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Vaccines and Testing

First trials with Vaccin in the US started

Today, the first-ever U.S.-based injection of a human patient with an “investigational” vaccine went forward. The patient, shown in the tweet below, represents “phase 1” of the vaccine, which was

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Resterilising surgical masks using steam

 In the fight against the growing shortage of surgical masks, John van den Dobbelsteen and Tim Horeman, researchers at the department of Biomechanical Engineering of TU Delft in Holland together

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Emergency mask for hospital ventilators

Summary: Faced with the urgent COVID-19 crisis, Isinnova found a way to repurpose snorkelling masks from Decathlon as C-PAP masks used for sub-intensive therapy. Named the ‘Charlotte Valve’, the device

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Rapid Testing for COVID-19

Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Engineering Science Department and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) have developed a rapid testing technology for the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2

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Nico.lab joins ICOVAI

Nico.lab is excited to announce participation in ICOVAI. A collaboration between clinical, scientific and technology experts to bring the full potential of

Read more

LiveMD self-diagnosis COVID

LiveMD launched a new app where people can track COVID in their local area, self-diagnose themselves using an AI-based integrated tool, report

Read more

Ventilator build by NASA

According to NASA, the high-pressure ventilator, named VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), is composed of fewer parts than traditional ventilators. And

Read more

A Drive-Through Testbooth

A team of engineers at Pennsylvania State University, including faculty and students, has been working on a solution to protect staff at

Read more

Smart mask for prolonged usage

AirBliss+ What they do: AirBliss+® smart mask is designed for prolonged hours and daily usage. Its enhanced comfort will enable mass adoption especially

Read more

Corona incubator

Elmedix, a spin-off of the University of Antwerp, has developed a technology platform to very precise and controlled, heat patients. It is

Read more

Reusing N95 masks

Stanford researchers confirm N95 masks can be sterilized and reused with virtually no loss of filtration efficiency by leaving in oven for

Read more

Open Source Face Mask

While face masks that block particles from coming into the lungs via the nose and mouth are important to prevent the spread

Read more
Other Technology

Remote Guidance for patients

Caro Health What they do: Meet Caro, a proven digital health companion app that offers conversational monitoring and remote guidance for patients.

Read more
Other Technology

Using Ozone to disinfect rooms

Ozone is one of the most powerful disinfectants. It is 50 times more effective at disinfection compared to the most popular disinfectant

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