A team of healthcare contract and intellectual property (IP) specialists from Webber Wentzel has contributed their services free of charge to help kickstart the National Ventilator Project (NVP) to build 20,000 ventilators to save the lives of South Africa’s Covid-19 patients.

Webber Wentzel’s team, led by Robert Appelbaum and assisted by Megan Jarvis, Leanne Mostert and Cameron MacKenzie, advised Business for South Africa, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) on a pro bono basis. They provided 100s of hours of time giving advice on the choice of outside experts, drafting, negotiation and settlement of the prototype and manufacturing agreements required for the NVP. In addition to this Webber Wentzel assisted in ensuring the non-invasive ventilators were registered by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

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