Dayo Olakulehin is a medical doctor, entrepreneur, inventor, founder and creative director at LigandCorp. He has dedicated his life and career to innovating medical solutions, especially for use in health facilities in developing nations.
Dr. Olakulehin, founded LigandCorp in Lagos, Nigeria as a medtech Startup to produce the “D-Box”- an innovative, battery powered, portable alternative to conventional ventilators. He received inspiration for the D-Box while at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 2012.
The D-box is a device, about the size of a microwave oven, which automates the process of compressing a CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) bag. Essentially an automatic ventilator, it eliminates the need for manual work (human effort) in compressing the bag. It comes with a rechargeable battery, is portable and obviously designed with developing economies in mind
The D-Box is different because it is less sophisticated and less complex than existing ventilators. It is portable, cheaper, and easier to handle. While the big teaching hospitals have 5-6 units of ventilators that are electricity dependent and sensitive, the D-box can work on battery power for 8-12 hours.
It’s an amazing breakthrough. However, it does not replace existing ventilators which exist for critical intensive care. It is being introduced to improve the quality of care that is available to the patient.
Dr. Olakulehin’s passion is for quality healthcare delivery. He is keenly interested in disease patterns in populations, critical thinking in healthcare, health innovation, health entrepreneurship and clinical research.
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