Press Release: WHO Recognizes O2 Cube as Innovative Health Technology for Low Resource Settings

Press Release: WHO Recognizes O2 Cube as Innovative Health Technology for Low Resource Settings

| Pittsburgh, PA –  A new local startup, LeanMed, has secured the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) for their new solar powered oxygen production system, the O₂ Cube, in their 2021 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings. The O₂ Cube will bring medical oxygen to the 40,000 rural health centers around the world that lack grid electricity but have enough sun to make solar energy economically viable. This system uses solar energy to power oxygen concentrators and compressors that bring medical oxygen to the 1.2 billion people that these rural health centers serve. 

The team, co-founded by Mark Adkins and composed of graduate students from University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University has recently secured a spot at a life science incubator, LifeX and are currently participating in the PInCh competition.

“LeanMed is honored by this recognition from the WHO. It has encouraged us to work even harder to bring vital medical oxygen to the one billion people who must face every day deadly diseases such as pediatric pneumonia that claim over 800,000 children’s lives every year” stated Adkins.

The innovative concept behind the O₂ Cube will be utilized in LeanMed’s Fast Track program, a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic utilizing an O₂ Cube prototype with FDA approved medical devices provided by socially driven public companies. Current plans are for deployment in four nations including Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal and India working closely with in-country partners.

About LeanMed LLC

LeanMed is a medical device company dedicated to bringing essential treatment to underserved regions through innovative technologies. LeanMed’s first product, the O₂ Cube, delivers vital medical oxygen to the 1.2 billion patients of rural health clinics that lack grid electricity. With respiratory infections killing millions of patients each year, the O₂ Cube is a landmark step in improving care and saving lives. Visit us at or email Jessica Starck at

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