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Specialized Unit for Respiratory Research (SPUR)

Rice360 SPUR (Specialized Unit for Respiratory Research) is envisioned as a hub for open-source technical innovation and clinical advancement in global respiratory technology.  


The group is organized around five elements:

  1. focused development 

  2. targeted solutions

  3. leadership and education

  4. open-source ecosystems

  5. creating a physical technical/clinical hub for assessment and implementation

Mission & Purpose 

SPUR’s goal is to foster innovation and improve the standards in respiratory care. Currently, access to global respiratory technology remains inequitable and inefficient. The worldwide rise in COVID-19 cases demonstrated the limitations of existing technologies to meet the global needs for respiratory support, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).


The most significant mismatch between existing respiratory technology and what is required in the clinical setting occurs in low-resource settings. Many devices are designed without consideration of those using said device within a low-resource setting, resulting in poorly tailored solutions for global health systems.



RespiraCon II: Concept to Impact Conference


January 29, 2022

10 AM - 1:30 PM CDT

January 30, 2022

10 AM - 1:30 PM CDT


Join us for 3.5 hours of 20-minute presentations and discussions with thought leaders, followed by 1.5 hours of additional social interaction in smaller groups.

This conference will focus on making personal connections between: students, mentors, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, business people, clinicians, non-profits, and philanthropists. The conference will address the entire lifecycle of technology, from conception of device, all the way to the lungs of a needy patient.

Learn more. about the event on Public Invention's website!


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Rohith Malya, MD


Sabia Abidi, PhD 




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