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DBT’s bioengineering innovations produces low cost technologies of social relevance

DBT’s support to bioengineering focuses on developing and commercializing novel critical care technologies. The devices are developed to impact local and global health through smart innovation of world-class solutions to complex problems. Market-driven solutions to improve the health and incomes of people living in resource-poor settings have been developed. The department has also invented new technological approaches for developing medical devices that are safe, accessible and affordable.

Fecal Incontinence Management Device (FI device): The device is an indwelling fecal drainage device for the management of fecal incontinence that can be used across a continuum of care facilities from ICUs to nursing homes for fecal management.

Key achievements are:

  • USFDA approval granted to FI device
  • Patent granted in five foreign jurisdiction including USA, Europe, Singapore and Japan.
  • Piloting the product in the US
  • Cofounder Nish Chasmawala, was awarded the India TR35, MIT’s award for the top 35 innovators under 35 years.

Neonatal Resuscitation Device: A foot operated resuscitation system that frees one hand of the operator thereby allowing two-handed mask holding – leading to effective sealing and better ventilation.

Key achievements are:

  • The inventors Ayesha Chaudhary, Chinmay Deodhar, Darshan Nayak and Nitin Sisodia were named “Top 20 Innovators” under 35 years (age) in India by MIT’s Tech review
  • Patent filed in India

Auditory Impairment Screening Device: A non-invasive and safe device, which uses brainstem evoked audiometry to screen neonates for hearing impairment with high sensitivity and specificity.

Auditory Impairment Screening Device
Auditory Impairment Screening Device

Key achievements are:

  • Received the Rolex Award for taking on some of the world’s biggest challenges
  • Patent filed in India

Soft Tissue Biopsy device: A safer, easier and cost-effective way to perform percutaneous aspiration needle biopsy in order to reduce skill and obtain consistent tissue samples for definitive diagnosis.
Key achievements:

  • First prize in the IIT Kharagpur Empresario B Plan competition
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy Device
    Soft Tissue Biopsy Device
  • First prize in Annual Business Plan Competition organized by Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur
  • First place for Poster presentation at the IKP Conference (Hyderabad) in the Medical Devices Category
  • Patent filed in India and National phase applications for the both the invention have been filed for five jurisdictions

Feto-maternal Parameter Monitoring System: This system is a safer, easier and cost-effective way to continuously monitor feto-maternal vitals to reduce neonatal mortality.

Feto-maternal Parameter Monitoring System
Feto-maternal Parameter Monitoring System

Key achievements:

  • Lunar design award
  • INDIAFRICAN Business Venture Awards
  • Sankalp Unconventional Scholarship

A Portable Device for Hand Sanitization: A simpler, convenient and effective way of hand sanitization at the point of patient care developed.

Key achievements:

  • Industrial design granted
  • Patent filed in India

A Breathable and Customized Cast for immobilization of Fractured Limb: A breathable, washable and lightweight cast for immobilization of limb fractures.

Key achievements:

  • Awarded the Srishti Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award 2015
  • Patent filed in India and PCT application filed for protection in foreign jurisdictions

Ostomy Management Appliance: This appliance is a safe, secure, bag-less solution for managing colostomy.

Key achievements:

  • Industrial design granted
  • Patent filed in India and PCT application filed for protection in foreign jurisdictions

Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary area of research involving knowledge and expertise from cross-disciplinary fields like physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering sciences to produce solutions to important biological and medical problems. The department has catered support to several on-going projects and sanctioned a dozen of new projects in identified/generated areas.

Besides supporting and strengthening the bioengineering and biodesign areas, DBT has initiated new focus in augmenting research initiatives in medical robotics relevant to healthcare industry. Several research leads have been obtained and are being pursued further; however, some of the significant achievements are categorized above.