LMD Power of Light to make oxygen treatment helmets
LMD Power of Light is one of the first eight companies in the state to receive assistance from Empire State Development to develop COVID-19-related products.
LMD will use the funds to make oxygen treatment helmets at its facility in Rochester. These non-invasive ventilation devices are currently being used across Europe to improve the respiratory function in patients experiencing respiratory distress, who otherwise might be put on a mechanical ventilator. LMD will start with a limited production of 125 of these devices by July, and another 125 by mid-August, that will be quickly dispatched to hospitals that have already indicated interest in starting trials.
More than $4 million has been awarded to help these companies retool their business lines and pivot to manufacturing vital supplies for ongoing response and recovery efforts.
In March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked companies with New York-based operations to retool production lines in order to manufacture approved COVID-19 critical supplies, such as ventilators, COVID-19 test kits, and PPE, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, disposable surgical gloves, gowns, face shields, and biohazard bags. Those businesses were to contact ESD.
“Many of the world’s premier and most innovative companies are in New York State,” said Eric Gertle, acting commissioner and president and CEO-designate of Empire State Development. ESD’s support for these businesses not only answers Governor Cuomo’s call for homegrown industries to assist with the state’s efforts to combat the coronavirus but reflects the investment is being made to ensure that the State continues its record of smart growth as we recover and grow statewide.”
LMD, formerly known as LaserMax Inc., is known for its work in weapons-mounted and handheld thermal lasers and out-of-band beacons, based on its patented quantum cascade laser technology. It received $175,786 in ESD funds for this project.