Report on the Conference on Challenges in Product Development of Medical Implants and Devices on 18-19th December, 2015
Medical devices have become such a vital part of modern healthcare and it is now well established that practically no diagnosis or treatment is possible without them. According to the WHO, there are about 1.5 million medical devices available today, ranging from low cost devices like the thermometer and stethoscope to expensive, highly sophisticated devices like MRI and chemotherapy machines. With the increasing complexity and connectivity of medical devices, the role of medical device development is becoming more crucial. This connectivity has made it possible for doctors to diagnose and treat patients. Increasingly technology component in design and manufacturing of healthcare devices is becoming more important as the nation embraces to make them accessible and affordable for all people of the country.
Keeping this in view, Centre for Healthcare Science and Technology, IIEST Shibpur with cordial support from Centre for Excellence on Micro-structurally Designed Advanced Materials, TEQIP-II recently organized a Conference on Challenges in Product Development of Medical Implants and Devices on 18-19th December, 2015. This Industry Institute conference was dedicated to discuss different challenges encountered in successful translation research, product development and marketing of medical implants, electronics, materials, diagnostics, instrumentation and software products.
This conference brought together leading academic scientists, researchers, clinical practitioners, industrialists, entrepreneurs, healthcare administrators, and regulatory policy makers to share cutting-edge research experiences, problems, case studies and strategize solutions for emerging medical device market in the country.Of all, about 50 speakers representing reputed institutions from India and abroad participation also including 10 industry representatives, start up companies. Meeting was attended by total 150 delegates, and students.
Inaugural Session of CPDM 2015.
Conference started with inaugural talk by Prof. T. Lazar Mathew, who has served as Director of over three DRDO institutions. He emphasized the role of product development process in ensuring good healthcare for people of the country. In the inaugural ceremony, Prof. Amit Kumar Das, Dean (Academic Affairs), IIEST Shibpur delivered the Presidential address while Prof. P. P. Chattopadhyay, Director NIFFT Ranchi spoke about the role of TEQIP II CoE in promoting this interaction.
Prof. Brain Derby delivering the Plenarytalk on Day 1.
Prof. Brian Derby from School of Materials, University of Manchester, delivered the plenary lecture on day I (18th Nov) on ‘Bio-printing and Bio-fabrication: Principles and Applications’. Prof. BikramjitBasu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, delivered the keynote talk on Patient-specific femoral ball head and acetabular socket for total Hip Joint Replacement: Labscale research to prototype development.
These were followed by sessions on biosensors wherein Dr. Debjani Paul, Dr. Samir Kumar Biswas and Mr. Pugal from Perfint Healthcare gave the talks.
Subsequently, an industry institute interaction Panel discussion was held to deliberate upon creation of right eco-system for medical device product development process. Dr. HimadriSekharMaiti, Ex-Director, CGCRI, Kolkata chaired the same whereas Prof. Sanjay Gupta, IIT Kharagpur, Dr. Subhankar Kumar (IPGMER), Mr. Ravi Sarangapani (Adler Mediquip) and Dr. Kanika Das Bhattacharya (In Charge IIPC Cell, IIEST Shibpur) participated and they created a strategy for development of such eco system.
Industry Institute Interaction Session
On Day 2, the plenary talks were delivered by Prof. AbhayPandit, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma of SCTIMST Trivandrum. They showed some inspiring examples of product development of medical devices initiated by academic institutions. Some other case studies were presented by Prof. NareshBhatnagar of IIT Delhi and Prof. SumanKapur of BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus. From industry side, Mr. SumitAgarwal of Boston Scientific and Dr. Aroop Kumar Dutta of Excel Matix Bio-devices, Hyderabad were some of the eminent speakers and they enlightened with the expectation from academic institutions for the process. Finally, some students presented their works and prizes were given for the best oral and poster presentations.
Throughout the two days, a product exhibition was also held of indigenously developed products were displayed.
Technical Session in Progress
The meeting ended with the valedictory session with several delegates expressing appreciation for IIEST to take initiative in this regard and presented a keen desire to organize meetings in these important topics in future, possibly at different locations in India.