Who We Are-EN

Fundamental research and private companies together against COVID-19.

The MVM initiative originated in the international research project, The Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration (GADM), which supports researchers looking for dark matter, an invisible component of the universe. This research includes experience with gas handling systems and complex control systems – the same capabilities required in hospital ventilators.

While in lockdown for the Covid-19 virus in Milan, Italy, Cristiano Galbiati, the spokesperson for the GADM Collaboration, recognized the need for additional ventilators early in the pandemic, and received government permission to develop a first prototype at the SAPIO Life s.r.l. ventilator repair and support center in Vaprio d’Adda, near Bergamo. With support from Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and groups from the Universities of Milano Statale, Milano Bicocca, Napoli Federico II and Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), and Elemaster S.p.A., AZ Pneumatica s.r.l., Saturn Magnetic s.r.l., Bel Power Europe s.r.l., and Nuclear Instruments s.r.l., they developed a first industrialized prototype, which fully demonstrated the viability of the conceptual design.
The collaboration expanded rapidly to include three national laboratories in Canada, including Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), TRIUMF and SNOLAB, through the leadership of Nobel laureate Dr. Art McDonald of Queen’s University. The US Collaboration includes people from Fermilab and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, two of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories as well as staff from US universities. The European collaboration also includes people from CNRS-IN2P3 and CIEMAT.

Getting the MVM ventilator to patients requires collaboration beyond nuclear and particle physicists. Government regulators, manufacturers and health care providers are also involved in the project.
To ensure the viability of the design in medical environments, clinical requirements are being developed with clinicians in the United States and Canada. Detailed testing and qualification of performance of the first prototype is underway with a breathing simulator at Ospedale San Gerardo in Monza, Italy and the Medicine Department of Milano Bicocca University.
The MVM Collaboration is being enthusiastically supported by industry members who are assessing part availability, evaluating supply chains, and who will eventually carry out the mass manufacturing. This process is already being supported by Elemaster in Italy. Canadian and American companies have been contacted to encourage their participation.
To facilitate rapid certification of the final design, additional direction is being provided by Health Canada, the US Air Force, the US FDA, and the Italian Istituto Superiore di Sanità and Consiglio Tecnico Scientifico della Protezione Civile.

The list of all MVM contributors and partners

A. Abba 33, P. Agnes 54, E.Alessi 20, P. Amaudruz 5, A. Annovi 27, M. Arba 23, F. Ardellier-Desages 8, C. Badia 19, G. Batignani 27,42, G. Bellani 39, M. Beschi 16,36, G. Bianchi 36, D. Bishop 5, T. Boccali 27, V. Bocci 28, W. Bonivento 23, B. Bottino 24, M. Bouchard 2, S. Brice 50, G. Buccino 19,47, S. Bussino 29, A. Caminata 24, A. Capra 5, M. Caravati 23, M. Carlini 19,47, L. Carrozzi 42, A. Ceccanti 21, J. M. Cela Ruiz 45, B. Celano 26, C. Charette 2, V. Cocco 23, S. Coelli 25, M. Constable 5, G. Croci 39, S. Cudmore 2, S. D’Auria 25, A. Dal Molin 39, G. Davenio 30, S. De Cecco 28, L. De Laurentis 41, M. Del Tutto 50, J. deRuiter 2, A. Devoto 23, P. Diaz Gomez Maqueo 2, T. Dinon 36, E. Druszkiewicz 52, C. Duma 21, A. Fabbri 29, D. Farina 20, F. Ferroni 28, G. Fiorillo 26,40, R. Ford 4, G. Foti 39, D. Franco 8, F. Gabriele 31, C. Galbiati 51,32,19,23, P. Garcia Abia 45, L. Giacomelli 20, L. Giarratana 34, J. Givoletti 15, F. Golf 56, G. Gorini 39, E. Gramellini 50, G. Grosso 20, F. Guescini 12, E. Guetre 5, T. Hadden 2, J. Hall 4, A. Heavey 50, J. Herperger 6, G. Hersak 2, N. Hessey 5, An. Ianni 51, C. Ienzi 2, V. Ippolito 28, C. Kendziora 50, M. King 2, A. Kittmer 2, I. Kochanek 31, R. Kruecken 5, M. Kushoro 39, M. La Commara 26, G. Leblond 2, X. Li 51, C. Lim 5, T. Lindner 5, T. Lombardi 41, T. Long 2, S. Longo 21, P. Lu 5, G. A. Lukhanin 50, G. Magni 17, R. Maharaj 5, M. Malosio 36, C. Mapelli 35, P. Margetak 5, S. M. Mari 29, L. Martin 5, A. McDonald 3, D. Minuzzo 13, T. Mohayai 50, L. Molinari Tosatti 36, C. Moretti 43, A. Muraro 20, F. Nati 39, T. Noble 4, A. Norrick 50, K. Olchanski 5, F. Padula 1, I. Palumbo 14, E. Panontin 39, R. Paoletti 27,42, N. Paoli 15, L. Parmeggiano 37, S. Parmeggiano 37, C. Pearson 5, C. Pellegrino 21, P. Pelliccione 41,47, V. Pesudo 45,46, A. Pocar 55, M. Pontesilli 18, S. Pordes 50, R. Pordes 50, A. Prini 36, O. Putignano 39, J. Raaf 50, M. Razeti 23, A. Razeto 31, D. Reed 49, A. Renshaw 54, M. Rescigno 28, F. Retriere 5, D. Rigamonti 20, L. Rignanese 22, A. Rizzi 27,42, J. Rode 8,9, J. Romualdez 51,7, D. Sablone 31, D. Salomoni 21, R. Santorelli 45, E. Scapparone 22, T. Schaubel 2, M. Settimo 11, B. Shaw 5, B. Slutsky 7, B. Smith 5, N. Smith 4, P. Spagnolo 27, F. Spinella 27, A. Stenzler 48, A. Steri 23, L. Stiaccini 38,27, C. Stoughton 50, P. Stringari 10, M. Tardocchi 20, R. Tartaglia 31, G. Testera 24, C. Tintori 15, J. Tseng 58, E. Viscione 25, A. Visioli 16,36, F. Vivaldi 15, J. Vossebeld 57, M. Wada 44, H. Wang 53, S. Westerdale 23, S. Yue 2, A. Zardoni 13

Australia
Curtin University, Perth (1)

Canada
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River (2)
Queen’s University, Kingston (3)
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory, Creighton Mine (4)
TRIUMF: Canada’s particle accelerator centre, Vancouver (5)
The Mosaic Company, Regina (6)
University of Toronto, Toronto (7)

France
APC, CNRS/IN2P3, Université de Paris, Paris (8)
LPNHE, CNRS/IN2P3, Sorbonne Université, Paris (9)
MINES ParisTech, Paris (10)
SUBATECH, CNRS/IN2P3, IMT-Atlantique, Université de Nantes, Nantes (11)

Germany
Max-Planck-Institut für Physik, Munich (12)

Italy
AZ Pneumatica S.R.L., Misinto (13)
Azienda Ospedaliera San Gerardo, Milano (14)
CAEN S.p.A., Viareggio (15)
Dipartimento di Meccanica e Ingegneria Industriale dell’Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia (16)
Elemaster Group S.p.A., Lomagna (17)
Ginevri S.R.L., Roma (18)
Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila (19)
ISTP – CNR, Milano (20)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – CNAF, Bologna (21)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Bologna, Bologna (22)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Cagliari, Cagliari (23)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Genova, Genova (24)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Milano, Milano (25)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Napoli, Napoli (26)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Pisa, Pisa (27)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Roma 1, Roma (28)
Istituto Nazione di Fisica Nucleare – Sez. di Roma 3, Roma (29)
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma (30)
Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (31)
Museo della fisica e Centro studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, Roma (32)
Nuclear Instruments S.R.L., Lambrugo (33)
Policlinico San Pietro, Ponte San Pietro (34)
Politecnico di Milano, Milano (35)
STIIMA – CNR, Milano (36)
Sergio Installazioni Snc, Treviglio (37)
Universit`a degli Studi di Siena, Siena (38)
Università Milano Bicocca, Milano (39)
Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli (40)
Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, L’Aquila (41)
Università di Pisa, Pisa (42)
Università di Roma La Sapienza, Roma (43)

Poland
Particle Astrophysics Science and Technology Centre (AstroCeNT), Warsaw (44)

Spain
Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas, Madrid (45)
Laboratorio Subterráneo de Canfranc, Canfranc (46)

Sweden
Chalmers | University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (47)

Switzerland
CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), Genève (48)

USA
12th Man Technologies, Inc., Garden Grove (49)
Equilbar L.L.C., Fletcher (50)
Fermilab National Laboratory, Batavia (51)
Princeton University, Princeton (52)
Rochester University, Rochester (53)
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles (54)
University of Houston, Houston (55)
University of Massachussets, Amherst (56)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln (57)

United Kingdom
Liverpool University, Liverpool (58)
University of Oxford, Oxford (59)