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Biodesign – A novel Medical Technology Innovation Programme

“I” is the driver of growth… and in DBT, “I” stands for Innovation.

Innovation is the key to address the unmet clinical needs. The demand for medical devices and implants is growing rapidly globally as well as in India. Innovation in medical technologies for developing solutions for local problems is the need of the hour. In the country like India, we need solutions that are affordable, simple, robust, reliable and flexible enough to work in small towns, clinics and government health centres.

Realising the need to foster and promote development of indigenous affordable medical technologies, DBT has taken initiatives to implement med-tech innovation biodesign programmes and building capacity for innovative research, prototyping, validation and testing of medical technologies. Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) programme has been implemented as a flagship programme of DBT at a medical school (AIIMS) and an engineering institution (IIT-Delhi). The focus is on invention and early-stage development of affordable implants and devices for Indian population. Based on the success of this programme, various Centres such as Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre at IIT-M; Centre for Bioscience and Bioengineering at IISc., Bangalore; and Centre for Biodesign at Translational Health Science & Technological Institute (THSTI), Faridabad have also been established. These Centres are targeting to develop medical devices and implants, in-vitro diagnostics, development of scaffolds for ex-vivo culture of cells, etc ultimately to develop affordable technologies.


To train next generation of medical technology innovators in India

  • To twin medical colleges and engineering institutes for promoting innovation through multi-disciplinary approach with international partnership;
  • To provide hands-on-training to med-tech innovators in biodesign process for need identification through clinical immersion for developing affordable novel medical technologies focused on implants, devices and diagnostics;
  • To create readily accessible processes and facilities to support the entire innovation process i.e. need design, provisional product profile, technical market scrutiny, prototype validation, product development, product evaluation and enterprise creation in a service model;
  • Form an effective network of biologists, engineers, clinicians, and medical technology person for “design process” focusing on technology development;
  • Enhance industry participation for scale-up of technology transfer and commercialisation;
  • Establish linkages with other national an international partners;
  • Establish a National Biodesign Alliance to share ideas, resources, infrastructure, expertise available with the stakeholders in the areas of implants, devices and diagnostics in the country.

Programmes we have supported include….

Stanford-India Biodesign programme at All India Institute of Medical Scnces (AIIMS) and Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi)

Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre at Indian Institute of Technology (Madras)

Centre for Bioscience and Bioengineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Centre for Biodesign at Translational Health Science & Technology (THSTI), Faridabad

National Biodesign Alliance

Significant achievements
Technologies transferred


Dr Alka Sharma,
Phone : 0091-11-24363699;
Email: alka[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in