Call for Innovative Project Proposals for Developing Medical Devices

Inviting projects seeking funding from DST for the development of Medical Devices Indigenously. To apply, download the proforma given below, fill, and email us @biomedhub.pgichd@gmail.com, @innovationcoordinator@gmail.com

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION 20 October 2021 (Extended)

Proposals Presentation Tentative Schedule: Last week of October 2021

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Orientation Program Related to Medical Devices Research & Development and Testing

3rd August 2021 : BID-HUB : PGIMER CHANDIGARH

An orientation series was started in April 2021, thereby training the OT technicians and other medical staff about the safe and optimized usage of common and critical medical devices.

The third in the series, the interactive program consisted of teaching the medical staff about the basic troubleshooting of medical devices and hands-on training on calibration testing of the various medical devices like a cautery machine, defibrillator, syringe pumps, infusion pumps, among others.

As part of its vision towards the development of quality medical devices indigenously, BID-Hub had set up a medical device Calibration testing lab. The BID-Hub Lab is a state-of-art facility with the potential to become an official medical device testing centre in the northern region.

BID 3rd Workshop: Role of Clinical Validation & Calibration Testing in Bringing Medical Devices to the Markets

Friday, 23 July 2021

Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub, PGIMER Chandigarh (BID-Hub)

BID-Hub 3rd annual workshop in the form of a virtual symposium focused on the “Role of Clinical Validation & Calibration Testing in Bringing Medical Devices to the Markets”. The invited experts Dr Rubina Bose (Deputy Drug Controller of India, CDSCO); Dr Suresh Nair (Product Innovation Guru, Founder Design Alpha and Biophoton Technologies); Mrs Rama Venugopal (Management Consultancy Expert, (Founder:Value Added Corporate Services); Prof Rajeev Ahuja (Director IIT-Ropar) shared their views on the role of Calibration Testing and Clinical Validation of medical equipment in getting approval to market. Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh highlighted the importance of Innovations in the medical device industry and explained that India is well poised to achieve success in developing biomedical devices if all the stakeholders like industry, doctors, Engineers, and technicians come together at a single platform to do the much-needed brainstorming. PGI felt the need to bring them all together, and a team of doctors led by Prof. G. D. Puri and Prof. J L Mathew proposed the Department of Sciences and Technology for sanction of Biomedical Hub in 2015, resulting in a functional Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub: A centre for Innovation, design and clinical validation in 2018.

The fully functional lab at the Hub is currently doing in-house testing of different medical equipment types already in use at PGIMER clinics. Notably, the newly procured medical devices are also being subjected to BID-Hub’s in-house calibration testing centre for their performance and safety evaluation. This practice of testing the equipment before the procurement or installation in the hospitals ensures critical analysis of the medical equipment regarding its accuracy and defined standards, thereby improving patient care at PGIMER and saving the cost.

The multidisciplinary center is facilitating device development by acting as a bridge between the engineers and clinicians. The Hub acts as a node for CRIKC institutes IIT-Ropar, IIT Mandi, Panjab University, IMTECH, IISER, CSIO, INST, etc., in the region for a diverse range of medical devices research & development. The BID-Hub Lab is a state-of-art facility with the potential to become an official medical device testing center in the northern region. The calibration testing lab at Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub aims to make the medical devices safer by performing the calibration-testing of all medical devices. The center is equipped with the calibrated analyzers to perform most medical devices. With clinicians’ experience and expertise at PGIMER, the center is moving ahead towards becoming a certifying body for validating and testing medical devices in the coming time, thereby solving the greatest challenge of clinical validation faced by Indian Medical Devices Research and Industry.

Orientation Program Related to Medical Devices Research & Development and Testing: A Report

April 10, 2021

The Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub: A Centre for Innovation, Design, and Clinical Validation BID-HUB established at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research PGIMER, Chandigarh, with the support of the Department of Science and Technology DST, Government of India to promote indigenous development of biomedical instruments and their testing & clinical validation.

BID-Hub, PGIMER, has successfully developed and/or patented various medical devices viz. CLADS, IV- Alert, Artificial Breathing Capability Device (ABCD), Cricoid Pressure Sensor Device, Handheld Pupilometer, Teaching Laryngoscope, EUS Needle, Mucosal Permeability Assessment Device, Double Volume Exchange Machine, Virtual Intelligence Based Device for Motor Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy, among others.  

As part of its vision towards the development of quality medical devices indigenously, BID-Hub had set up a medical device Calibration testing lab. The BID-Hub Lab is a state-of-art facility with the potential to become an official medical device testing centre in the northern region. BID-Hub had conducted various workshops and programs to promote biomedical development. An orientation series was started in April 2021, thereby training the OT technicians and other medical staff about the safe and optimized usage of common and critical medical devices. The interactive program consisted of teaching the medical staff about the basic troubleshooting of medical devices and hands-on training on calibration testing of the various medical devices like a cautery machine, defibrillator, syringe pumps, infusion pumps, among others.

Autonomous Vehicles for COVID Care “Medi-Sarathi”, “AI-Powered Trolley” by IIT Ropar and PGIMER Chandigarh

Official Launch Event Cordial Invitation

Wednesday, 8 July 2020; 03:00 PM; KAIRON BLOCK, PGIMER-CHANDIGARH

Medi-Sarathi, the autonomous vehicles for COVID care, is set for an official launch after being rigorously tested at PGIMER Chandigarh’s labs. The successful devices are a result of a collaboration among the scientist, researchers at IIT Ropar and clinicians at PGIMER. 

“Medi-Sarathi”

It is an aerial system that eliminates the infection risk to medical staff with 100% secured success in protection, security and safeguard. Some of the features of ‘Medi-Sarathi’ include complete remote access, thermal RGB cameras for human body temperature, and sanitization capability, among others.

 
“AI-Powered Trolley”

With the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the remote trolly can be deployed autonomously in the high-infection zone to deliver essential supplies. The critical feature of the trolly includes detection of obstruction, medical personnel movement etc. The trolly will be demonstrated at the launch event on the above-said date.

A team of researchers led by Dr Rohit Sharma, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering of IIT Ropar and his student Dr Yashu Swami has joined hands with Dr G Rajarajan, PGIMER and Prof. G. D. Puri, Head (Anesthesia), to develop custom made autonomous vehicles as a part of assistive point-of-care technologies meant for their use in the COVID wards.

Top officials from both PGI and IIT firmly believes that undoubtedly the collaborations among technological Institutes and Clinicians, especially at a time of race against COVID-19, is fruitful and is the ‘need of the hour.’ At the launch event, the successfully developed wholly indigenous products ‘Medi-Sarathi’ and ‘AI-powered trolley’ will be demonstrated by the inventors and creators.

National Conference “Promotion of Biomedical Sciences Among the Young”

BIOMEDICATHON 2020

A National Conference on “Promotion of Biomedical Sciences Among the Young” was concluded on the 18th of January 2020 at PGIMER, Chandigarh. Chief Guest Prof. Arvind Rajwanshi, Hon’ble Dean (A) PGIMERChandigarh, Dr Manuji Zarabi, Former CMD SCL, and Dr. Anita Agarwal, Scientist “E,” Department of Science and Technology DST, Govt. of India, inaugurated the Conference and Biomedicathon 2020 event. Over 50 participants ranging from school students to researchers to professionals presented innovative solutions towards the healthcare-related problems. “Biomedicathon 2020” focused on nurturing creativity and entrepreneurship spirit among young healthcare enthusiasts from academia and industry. “BIOMEDICATHON”, is an idea-based contest inviting novel and innovative ideas from the young minds. The event was attended by over 200 School/College Students, Researcher Scholars, and Faculty Professionals from all around the country.

The ideas were presented under three groups containing school students, researchers and college students, and faculty professionals. The objective of the innovation contest BIOMEDICATHON was to encourage young minds to think scientifically and promote research among the young. The winner for this event was two first prizes for Kostubh Singla and Ishika Wadhwa (1st), Siddhesh Kumar (2nd), Shreya Chawla and Sonakshi Verma (3rd).

For this event, a total of over 60 entries were received in three groups namely, Group ‘A,’ Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’. This was overall, a unique opportunity for the participants to present, validate and collect feedback on their ideas. Various cash awards ranging from 5000-15000 were presented to the winning participants during the event. Also, Ideas that seemed relevant and recommended by the jury according to BID-Hub mandate shall be supported for further developments.

Prof. Arvind Rajvanshi, Dean (Academics), PGIMER shared his view about the role of a biomedical hub at PGIMER in the development and validation of biomedical instruments. Whether the advantage of CRIKC institution or the position of being one of the top medical institutions in the country, PGIMER has the expertise and now vision of adopting innovative strategies towards providing improved and efficient healthcare solutions. He further congratulated Prof. Puri and Prof. Mathew for undertaking this initiative under the shadow of PGIMER.

Dr. Anita Agarwal, Scientist ‘E’, Department of Science and Technology DST, Government of India, provided key insights on the Medical device ecosystem in India and also presented several opportunities for funding and support that is currently extended by the Government of India. She encouraged budding professionals to ‘Invent in India’ and spread her vision towards a “Healthier India.”

Prof. Joseph Mathew introduced the Biomedicathon 2020 to the participants and welcomed the participants and the dignitaries to the event.

Prof. G.D. Puri, Dean (R) informed the participants and delegates about the activities undertaken by the biomedical hub viz. testing and validation of biomedical instruments and described the innovations developed at and patented by PGIMER and are available for commercial application viz. ‘Automatic Anesthesia Delivery System’, Infusion Alarm System, among others. He also informed about the indigenously developed biomedical devices which are under clinical trial viz. , Low-cost Handheld Pupilometer, Teaching Laryngoscope, EUS Needle, and others. He shared his journey of a successful inventor, the hurdles and emphasized on the importance of encouraging the young minds and fostering a passion for innovative and creative pursuits.

Dr. Anita Agarwal from DST presented her thoughts on building science, technology and innovation capacity and capabilities in the country. She touched vital topics such as various technology development programs undertaken by DST and government of India, healthcare challenges in India, Funding and support for entrepreneurs etc.

Dr. Manuji Zarabi graced the event with his presence and shared his exhaustive experience working in the area of technology and science. He talked about AI in healthcare, and the need to encourage innovations in medical devices. He guided the young minds and stated that passion and perseverance are vital ingredients of success. 

The Biomedical hub based at PGIMER, Chandigarh, with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt. of India, is promoting indigenous development & validation of biomedical devices & instruments. Besides, the Hub is working to bring the promoters, the investors, Investment committee, innovators and other partners together to expedite the idea-to-product-development process. Lately, the BID-Hub has started in-house testing of biomedical instruments to ensure patient safety and to optimize the delivery of healthcare services.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

“Promotion of Biomedical Sciences Among the Young”

January 18, 2020; 09:00 am onward at Lecture Theatre, Advanced Cardiac Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub- A Center for Innovation, Design, and Clinical Validation established at PGIMER, Chandigarh is hosting a National Conference on “Promotion of Biomedical Sciences Among the Young” on the 18th of January 2020 at PGIMER, Chandigarh. The results of ongoing innovation contest “BIOMEDICATHON,” an idea based competition inviting novel and innovative ideas from the young minds, will be announced on the day. Chief Guest Prof. Jagat Ram, Hon’ble Director PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr. Anita Aggarwal, Scientist “E,” Department of Science and Technology DST, Govt. of India, will inaugurate the Conference and Biomedicathon2020. The event will accompany over 200 School/Collage Students, Researcher Scholars, and Faculty Professionals from all around the country. Awards will be distributed under different groups. A logo competition result will be announced on the day.

The idea for the innovation contest BIOMEDICATHON was to encourage young minds to think scientifically and promote research among the young.

The registrations to the conference are free and can be done by filling the google form (link below) or by scanning the QR-Code using your smartphone.

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Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Certification of Biomedical Devices

A One-day Symposium focusing on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the biomedical devices and the certification of biomedical instruments was organized by BID-Hub at PGIMER. This unique multi-disciplinary event was attended by approximately 180 delegates from various medical and engineering institutes of North India along with the representatives from the medical industry.

Prof. GD Puri, Chairman, BID-Hub welcomed the delegates and elaborated on the objectives of this event. He stressed that this Hub is going to provide a common platform for engineering as well as medical scientists to develop indigenous and affordable technology for the benefit of Indian health care problems.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh. Mr. RK Verma IAS, Principal, Secretary, DSTE, Punjab Govt., the ‘Guest of Honor’ at the symposium, shared his vision about how to extract maximum output through the various centre of excellence established in the region and the whole nation. He also shared the Punjab Govt. mission to make the region an innovations based technology Hub.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts coming from various top tier academic/research institutions and industry; Biomedical Instruments certification experts from the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) shared their experience at the event. The event concluded successfully with an interactive discussion with the presented delegates’ with a vote of thanks by Prof GD Puri.

As a part of ‘Make in India’ initiative, BID-Hub is working towards the development of novel biomedical instrument within its premises lead by Prof. GD Puri and Prof. Joseph. L. Mathew under the umbrella of PGIMER with the support of DST.