COVID-19 Message to our Medical Device and Lifesciences Colleagues

StarFish Medical is open for business. We are discussing and starting new projects with a priority to COVID-19 related devices.

Our work with clients on ground breaking medical device and bio services projects continues with minimal disruption. We follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO), Ontario and British Columbia recommendations and standards of personal care and hygiene to minimize potential exposure.

Current Communicable Diseases Policy (November 2022):

“If you are experiencing symptoms of a communicable disease or have tested positive for a communicable disease, you are asked to stay home to recover and prevent potentially exposing coworkers. A communicable disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxic product that can be transmitted in a workplace from person to person. Examples of communicable diseases that may circulate in a workplace include COVID-19, norovirus, and seasonal influenza.

We ask that you stay home even if you feel well enough to work. If you do feel well enough to work, and the nature of your job allows you to do your job from home, you are permitted to do so.”

We encourage everyone to join us in helping prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health of all people. StarFish is designed to work efficiently as a virtual team.

Canadian Emergency Ventilators project

Prime Minister Trudeau announced our  NGEN Canadian Emergency Ventilators project on March 31, 2020, as part of Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19.

The Canadian Emergency Ventilators project involves updating 30 year old Winnipeg Ventilator IP and design by Dr. Magdy Younes for Canada’s industrial base.  Using an agile design strategy, the Winnipeg Ventilator IP is being adapted for Canadian manufacturing supply chains that are not normally affiliated with ventilator production.  This enables Canada to expand and redirect domestic manufacturing capacity to fight COVID-19.

Initial project funding is provided by NGen as part of the COVID-19 initiative. Led by StarFish Medical, the effort includes Dr. Magdy Younes and Cerebra Health along with NGen’s manufacturing partners for components within Canada’s industrial base. Solutions are based upon available component design that will not impair supply to existing ventilator manufacturers.

Health Canada certifies Winnipeg Ventilator 2.0 to support the needs of Covid-19 patients announced on September 25, 2020. “StarFish Medical stepped up early on with their commitment to produce a made-in-Canada ventilator design that will help save the lives of those battling COVID-19.” The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of nnovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


Greater Victoria COVID Heroes

CEV Winnipeg Ventilator Design Wins Gold in 2020 International Design Awards

GVBA Innovation Award

Media Coverage

Here are a few of the media stories about the project and Canadian IP since the announcement by PM Trudeau on April 7, 2020.

B.C.’s ‘world-class’ biotech sector plays key role in developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines

StarFish Medical CEV Winnipeg Ventilator Design Wins Gold in 2020 International Design Awards

How Canada produced thousands of new ventilators within months

Medical Design in the time of COVID

Collaboration championed by companies like StarFish Medical

Health Canada certifies Winnipeg Ventilator 2.0 to support the needs of Covid-19 patients

Pivot Pilots 2.0: Scott Phillips

Battling COVID-19 One Pump at a Time

NGen mentioned the project in a news release on May 3, 2020. English French

The CIPO posted an article on the project for World IP Day, April 26, 2020.

StarFish Medical joins effort to build 30,000 ventilators in Canada

Medical team revives decades-old ventilator model amid scramble to get Canada ready for COVID-19 peak

COVID-19: Saanich company joins nation-wide effort to produce 30,000 ventilators

News releases and posts from Ventilator Project team organizations:

APC Filtration

ATA Advanced Test & Automation

Canadian Circuits Inc.


Dorigo Systems Ltd.

NSK Monocarrier


Yorkville Sound

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Medical Device and Life Science Associations COVID-19 Resource Links

We use these industry resources to help stay on top of developments. They may be helpful as you chart your own COVID-19 plan of action.

For more medical device and life sciences information, check out our April 2020 newsletter devoted to COVID-19 tips, insights, and regulatory considerations for medical devices.

In the meantime, let’s keep innovating, digging deeper, and creating great medical devices.



Scott Phillips
CEO and President

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