Category — Biotechnology

India’s Institute of Technology Develops Cardio Implant

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras located in Chennai, India has developed Asia’s first ‘life-saving’ implant called SynkroScaff — A tissue engineered bovine pericardial patch — for critical cardiovascular patients. A Chennai-based firm, SynkroMax Biotech, has been appointed as the commercial partner. C.V. Seshadri, managing director of Synkromax Biotech said, “This sack is harvested and processed with biomaterial for ten days followed by quality control parameters to ensure it is microbial free.”

Tissue Engineering

The  pericardial patch (sack of buffalo’s heart) has inherent properties of regeneration and integration in the body, and its medical application is based on innovator Guhathakurta’s doctoral research in the institute in 2004, under the guidance of Venkatesh Balasubramanian, professor, Department of Engineering Design. Guhathakurta says, “Its applications are immense in cardiovascular and other surgical practices.  So far, 800 patches have been manufactured and over 12 surgeons are using them across India.  The feedback from doctors and patients has been encouraging, with a 100 percent success rate,” she said, adding that the product is manufactured in a facility complying with drug applications and current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) guidelines, reports the New Indian Express.

 

December 29, 2016   No Comments

Drexel Alumnus Develops Breast Cancer Scanner for India

Philadelphia’s Drexel University alumnus Mihir Shah, and Matthew Campisi have created the iBreastExam scanner which is a hand-held device that enables health workers to perform breast health examinations in virtually any setting, not just hospitals. “Mammography isn’t feasible in India due to high equipment cost and the lack of radiologists,” says Shah.

iBreastExam Machine

iBreastExam Machine

iBreastExam uses patented ceramic sensors developed at Drexel University to detect subtle variations in breast tissue, and offers the following features:

  • Bilateral breast exam within 5 minutes (with results at the point-of-care)
  • Accuracy to detect clinically relevant breast lesions is higher than 85%
  • Usable by any health-worker or doctor. No pain, No radiation

Forbes reports that the company UE Lifesciences Inc., with offices in both Mumbai and Philadelphia, will sell the product on a pay-per-use model instead of direct sales, which will enable doctors to immediately start offering private, safe and pain-free breast exams. Shah says he has kept the costs flexible; doctors at high-end private hospitals are charged in the range of  $10-$15 per test, whereas village clinics will be charged only $1.

 

December 15, 2016   No Comments

Ducere Pioneers Smart Shoes for the Blind

Headquartered in India’s southern city of Hyderabad, Ducere TechnologiesLe-chal (Colloquial Hindi: take me along), the world’s first interactive haptic footwear, gives vision to millions of visually challenged across the world to navigate through the sense of touch.

Founded in 2011 by electrical engineers Anirudh Sharma, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Krispian Lawrence, a graduate from the University of Michigan, the business has grown to a team of 110 engineers, designers, assembly operators, and sales staff.

Ducere Soles

The product can be synced to a user’s smartphone through bluetooth via the Lechal app that uses Google Maps to provide navigational directions towards the destination through vibrations and sensations. Subsequently, the company decided to expand the user base by innovating further and marketing it as a product anyone could easily use.

Ducere teamed with Hi-Tec Shoes, Europe, for co-branding and supplying insoles for Hi-Tec navigator shoes meant for hiking. It has distributors in India and North America. Its products are also available on Amazon, reports Outlook Business.

 

December 7, 2016   No Comments

Scientists in India Create Sensor to Detect Bacteria Quickly

Working in collaboration with the Photonics Research Center at the University of Quebec in Outaouais, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, have built a sensor that can detect the presence of Escherichia coli in food and water in under 20 minutes, much faster than traditional laboratory tests.

Bacteria

Bacteriophages used in the device bond to the surface of an optical fiber, grab E.coli bacteria from a sample, and keep them attached. When a beam of light strikes the surface, the presence of E.coli shifts the wavelength in a telltale sign of bacterial contamination. An additional optical component cancels out temperature-induced shifts, reports the Economic Times. By changing the bacteriophage in the sensor, other strains of bacteria can also be detected, the scientists report.

The team members that worked on this project are Krishnendu Dandapat, Saurabh Mani Tripathi, Yasser Chinifooroshan, Wojtek J. Bock, and Predrag Mikulic.

October 22, 2016   No Comments

Global Healthcare Companies Scout for India Startups

Earlier this year, The India Export reported that Netherlands-based Philips was in the process of creating a venture fund to invest in Indian health-tech startups. And indeed, companies such as Roche, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and Medtronic among others, are also scanning India for startups that align with their portfolios.

Start up business plan

 

Shamik Dasgupta, vice president, emerging markets, Asia-Pacific, Medtronic, said, “There’s a lot of interesting (innovation) taking place in emerging markets and India is definitely one of the hotbeds for it.”

For the startups, this trend, albeit nascent, is an opportunity to access a bigger market, realize their innovations much faster, and learn from the biggest companies in the field, reports the Economic Times.

At least 300 health innovative startups in India offer global solutions. Among these, Curadev, AlgoSurg Product, xBITS, Virtis Bio Labs are  some companies that are exploring partnerships with multinationals to enter international markets.

October 20, 2016   No Comments