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Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology, Govt. Of India
A Press Conference was organized by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India on 12th Jan, 2016 from 12.00 noon at the CSIR Science Centre, New Delhi.The Theme was on Med-Tech Innovation for Make-in-India, Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan presided over the Press Conference and shared details on new affordable products developed which are of societal and public health relevance. Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, DBT, and other senior DBT officials were present at the event.
The Hon’ble Minister while addressing the Press Conference said The ‘Make in India’ initiative led by the Honourable Prime Minister aims to transform the country and propel the country to greater heights. Innovation in health care and medical technology is especially of paramount importance and can accelerate the country’s social and economic growth. The Department of Biotechnology, since its inception, has spearheaded biomedical research in the country and continues to do so and I commend their remarkable achievements which has led to the improvement of the lives of millions (lakhs) of Indians.”
The Hon’ble Minister informed the gathering that
Realizing the need for Medical Technology innovation, the Department of Biotechnology is promoting this sector by supporting various programmes across the country which have successfully resulted in affordable products of societal and public health relevance.
This area has seen a large number of successful scientists’ entrepreneurs and young start-ups building their own enterprises. The complete value chain form product innovation to commercialization has been facilitated and today we have about 40 medical devices and diagnostics some of which have received USFDA clearances.
Biodesign programme is one of the examples of inclusive medical technology innovation. This is based on a novel approach of end-to-end process that begins with idea generation through clinical immersion up to commercialization by a multi-disciplinary team comprising a physician, engineer, product designer, and an entrepreneur. The objective of this programme is to train next generation of medical technology innovators who will in turn focus on invention and early stage development of low cost new medical technologies for the Indian population. The aim is to develop simple, rapid, indigenous, low cost medical devices and implants by applying 4 components i.e. affordability, accessibility, availability and appropriateness.
Under this initiative, several indigenous technologies have been developed to address unmet medical needs of India. As an outcome, more than 100 innovators have been trained. Several national and international patents have been filed. About 30 prototypes have been developed. 9 start-up companies have been established by the Fellows and interns of this programme. 13 technologies have been licensed and 9 start-up companies launched. International collaborations have been established with Stanford University, USA; QUT, Australia; and Tottori University, Japan.
The Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC) established at IIT-Madras is delivering innovations and technologies that are reaching the field through government and industry partnerships, bringing benefits to lives and our society. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) a Public Sector Undertaking set-up by the Department has supported nearly 300 Start-up’s and SME”s and 150 young entrepreneurs for innovation, research and product development. The biotech startup scenario in India was transformed by BIRAC’s flagship schemes- BIG, SBIRI, BIPP, CRS and SPARSH which have resulted more than 30 Products, 20 Technologies, 16 Early Stage-Technologies. 2 Process Innovations, 40 IP.
Nearly 100 Young Entrepreneurs have been supported for Med-Tech Innovation and more than 10 Med-Tech Products (devices & diagnostics) supported by BIRAC have been commercialized.
Some of the products commercialized/in the process of commercialization include: a) Fecal Incontinence-a new standard of care for management of fecal incontinence; b) Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Device-an integrated automated resuscitation system usable in resource constrained environment; c) BioScoop-a soft tissue biopsy device for concurrent biopsy and hemostasis; d) HiCare LIMO:a simple, disposable and cost effective device which temporarily immobilizes the lower limbs of the patients; e) Intraosseous device-an alternative to intravenous (IV) in emergency patients; f) AINA device-to measure blood glucose, HbA1C, lipids, Creatinine and Haemoglobin; g) Maxico for tumor ablation-device for execution procedure for tumor ablation; h) POC diagnostic for Malaria, Dengue & Typhoid; i) Fibroheal-a device for burn wound management.
New Products launched by the Department of Biotechnology
Source: Department of Biotechnology
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