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

January 29, 2021


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

Winnipeg Ventilator Design

VICTORIA, British Columbia and TORONTO, Ontario, January 29, 2021 – StarFish Medical announces the CEV Winnipeg Ventilator design team wins Gold in the Industrial And Life Science Design / Medical/Scientific Machinery category of the 2020 International Design Awards (IDA) competition. The 2020 winners were announced by IDA today.

StarFish Medical designed a Health Canada certified ventilator in 6 months (normally a multi-year effort). The design was constrained to speed development of a system that is easy to use, manufacture, and accessible to both developed and developing nations alike. The project was developed for the Canadian Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as a multi-mode ICU ventilator that could save patients’ lives, be manufactured locally in the shortest time possible, and not disrupt the supply chain for existing ventilators. It is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Magdy Younes.

John Walmsley, StarFish Medical EVP of Strategic Relationships and ventilator program manager, shared the news with the project team stating, “I am thrilled to learn that the StarFish Medical design team for the CEV Winnipeg Ventilator has won a Gold Industrial Design Award in the 2020 International Design Awards. One of the jurors captured the magnitude of this effort with her comment, ‘An impressive R&D journey, with a very fast turnaround’.  My thanks and congratulations to Niall Redmond and the Industrial Design Team of Paul Charlebois, Hannah Rusak-Gillrie, Tim Park, and Christian McMechan. Well done everybody involved!”

“Absolutely outstanding, great to see all your hard work get recognized! Congratulations to everyone who helped make this such a success!” noted Petter Hansson, General Manager, Canadian Emergency Ventilators (CEV).

Winnipeg Ventilator Design

The 2020 International Design Awards (IDA) was the most successful in its 14-year history, attracting thousands of outstanding designs submitted by companies and designers around the world competing for the top prizes in this prestigious award. The IDA winners were announced today. Evaluating submissions from more than 80 countries, the IDA jury saw entries exhibiting the highest current design standards across five Award Disciplines: Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design. Each design entry was evaluated by the professional IDA Jury panel on its own merit.

About StarFish Medical

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StarFish Medical is a full service Medical Device Design company offering design, development, and manufacturing services based in Toronto and Victoria. We use our Pathfinder™ process to reduce wasted effort and increase success for medical device product definition, technical engineering, and product development. Prototype and volume production are delivered within an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System, manufacturing and clean room facility.

StarFish Medical Media Contact:

Mike Camplin
250.388.3537 x210
[email protected]


About the International Design Awards

The International Design Awards (IDA) recognizes, celebrates and promotes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. The IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide that is conceptualizing and producing great creative works. The Farmani Group founded the IDA in 2007 and the competition has now become one of the leading design awards globally, awarding and promoting hundreds of designers each year.

International Design Awards Media contact:

Jill Grinda: [email protected]



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