Ford Motor Company’s Collaboration With GE Healthcare To Produce Ventilators For Coronavirus Patients


Hogan Lovells is representing Ford Motor Company in its collaboration with GE Healthcare.

The collaboration aim is to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days, with the ability to produce 30,000 a month thereafter as needed, to help coronavirus patients.

The collaboration will enable Ford to manufacture and quickly scale production of a ventilator that GE Healthcare has licensed from Airon Corp., a privately held company specializing in high-tech pneumatic life support products. The goal of the companies is to produce the ventilators within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed. The manufacturing will take place in Michigan.

The GE/Airon Model A-E ventilator uses a design that operates on air pressure without the need for electricity, addressing the needs of most COVID-19 patients. GE Healthcare and Ford consulted with medical experts in determining the Airon-licensed Model A-E ventilator is well suited for COVID-19 patient care. The ventilator is designed for quick setup, making it easy for healthcare workers to use – and can be deployed in an emergency room setting, during special procedures or in an intensive care unit, wherever the patient may be located.

The pro bono team was led by Global Head of M&A and Corporate partner Bill Curtin (Picture) and IP and Technology Transactions partner Audrey Haroz Reed, with assistance from IP partners Cullen Taylor and Zenas Choi; Life Sciences Transactions partner Adam Bellack; Global Regulatory partners Kelliann Payne, Michael Heyl, Michael Vernick, Latane Montague, and Joy Sturm, and Global Regulatory senior associates Katherine Morga, Annie Vanselow, and Katie Lannon.

Involved fees earner: Adam Bellack – Hogan Lovells; Zenas Choi – Hogan Lovells; William Curtin – Hogan Lovells; Audrey Haroz Reed – Hogan Lovells; Michael Heyl – Hogan Lovells; Kathryn Lannon – Hogan Lovells; Latane Montague – Hogan Lovells; Katherine Morga – Hogan Lovells; Kelliann Payne – Hogan Lovells; Joy Sturm – Hogan Lovells; Cullen Taylor – Hogan Lovells; Annie Vanselow – Hogan Lovells; Michael Vernick – Hogan Lovells;

Law Firms: Hogan Lovells;

Clients: Ford Motor Co.;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti