Nasal foreign body removal device for children launched
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences launched a nasal foreign body removal device for children called Noxeno developed under the Biodesign programme at the XIth Annual MedTech Summit organised on December 2, 2017 in New Delhi.
The device which can be used by paediatricians to remove pebbles and other foreign bodies that children sometimes playfully introduce in their noses was developed with support from the Biodesign programme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India, by Bangalore based start-up InnAccel Technologies. The Start-up was created by the Fellow trained under the Biodesign program of the DBT. Noxeno is the first dedicated tool for anterior nasal foreign body (NFB) removal that allows doctors in any setting to carry out the task quickly and safely.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, who gave away certificates to the 2017 fellows of the School of International Biodesign programme emphasized upon the need and relevance of need based, socially relevant inventions for public good. He appreciated the efforts made by the stakeholders for developing innovative medical devices under this program and underlined the need to reach such technologies to the people and ensure that they are used in a safe and secure manner. He also encouraged the Indo-Japanese and Indo-Australian teams of Biodesign Fellows working on frugal innovations.
Dr K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT highlighted the need for more frugal innovations so that Med-Tech can be made affordable and accessible.
Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary DST stressed on the need for inclusive technologies that are appropriate for our population and for certification of medical devices.
Noxeno has been 100% invented, designed, engineered and manufactured in India. Noxeno has an ergonomic handle along with a built-in light source and a hinge. This allows the user to slip behind the NFB and remove it in a matter of seconds by simply squeezing the trigger and pulling the device. The modular nature of the system allows for sterilization of the hinge through autoclaving it. This reusable device has a target price of around INR 5000, making it both easy to use and cost-effective. The Start-up hopes to deploy this device across primary health care centers, community health care centers, clinics and smaller hospitals nationwide by 2020.
The other dignitaries also shared their views regarding developments in Science & Technology and policy frameworks for promoting Medtech innovations in India.
The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology has implemented Biodesign programme with the aim to develop innovative and affordable medical devices as per unmet clinical needs of India and to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India for bringing such impactful devices to the real world. This Program is implemented by Department of Biotechnology jointly at AIIMS and IIT Delhi in collaboration with International partners. The Department has authorized Biotech Consortium India Limited for management of its Intellectual Property and other techno-legal activities. Under this programme, XIth Annual MedTech Summit was organised on December 2, 2017 in New Delhi.
This event was attended by leaders of Government organisations, academia, medical device industry, start-ups, hospitals, design, business and engineering institutes from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.