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.
Prof Mainak Sengupta of Electrical Engineering Department has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers. This is the highest professional grade of IEEE for which a member can apply. Only about 9 % of 4,33,000 members have achieved this level.
IIEST, Shibpur academic community congratulates Prof Sengupta for this feat.
Times of India, November 26: An alumnus of BE College, Shibpur - now an IIEST - has offered to donate Rs 350 crore to set up a 200-bed hospital on the campus. This is more than the Rs 230 crore the Union government has sanctioned for the medical college to come up at IIT-Kharagpur. Mahadev Kundu, a 1968 batch civil engineering graduate from BE College, works as a consultant in the US. His only wish is that the hospital be named after his wife, who is a very successful doctor there. The proposed name is Usha Kundu MD Medical College and Hospital. If this project comes true, it will put the country's first IIEST - a nearly 160-year-old institution - in a different league altogether.
"IIEST has over 150 years of experience in engineering education in India. Therefore, it is a natural choice to house such a modern medical school to implement the convergence of engineering, science, technology and medicine. It has existing teaching staff for most of the basic science, medical technology and information technology courses in the existing facilities," reads Kundu's proposal.
An official at IIEST said Kundu selected his alma mater because he has a "strong bond with the institution". "The proposal is to set up the medical college and hospital in the name of his wife who is a doctor," the official said. IIEST director Ajay Roy has placed the proposal before the senate, where the main concern during the discussions was finding the land for the hospital. Roy plans to meet state government officials and request them to allocate 10 acres. "The proposed hospital needs practicing physicians and surgeons from the private sector to bring patients for surgeries. Kolkata has a large pool of competent physicians and surgeons. We will be able to recruit teaching staff. The institute is an ideal location and the medical school and hospital, if it becomes a reality, can cater to a large segment of Kolkata's population," Roy said. "I hope chief minister Mamata Banerjee will consider the proposal to allot land once we approach her. The HRD ministry, too, will consider our proposal sympathetically and give the requisite permissions."
The proposal specifies that the hospital-cum-medical school will aim to provide a "biomedical science-centric model of education", enhanced by convergence of engineering science and technology. It envisages 3D anatomy classrooms and integrating healthcare with smartphones, tabs and other futuristic devices. "They (the Kundus) have proposed to design the medical college by fusing engineering, computing, health science and medicine," added Roy. "The proposal also mentions research on drugs. We may also set up a centre for forensic medicine," he added. The project envisages creating a patient transport system, continuing education for practicing doctors, telemedicine in every town and live video telecast of surgeries to MBBS students.
"Kundu Charitable Trust” will be willing to donate majority of its assets to the medical college and hospital once it is approved. Funds will be distributed over a 10-year period from the retirement account and remainder as per their estate planning documents. There will be other sources of income from donations, grants, tuition fee of students. The initial fund will be for building the hospital and part of the medical school for 100 students a year.
Times of India, November 7: The Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) Shibpur is going a leap forward in matters of utilizing waste to generate renewable energy. From next January onwards, about one tonne of kitchen waste that is being generated daily from the institute campus will be converted into bio-gas energy.
From next Monday onwards, the process to a pre-digesting unit will be set up on a 1,500 square feet of area inside the institute campus. "A lot of kitchen waste is being generated daily from the hostels inside the campus. Disposing this huge waste on a daily basis is quite a difficult job. We are preparing a scheme to collect the kitchen waste from the hostels that will be converted into bio gas power," said IIEST vice chancellor Ajay Kumar Ray. The project funding is being done by the government of West Bengal in collaboration of IIEST, with a total funding of Rs 30 lakh. Solar power expert S.P. Gon Chaudhuri, has designed the project for the institute's Centre of green energy and censor system with which he is involved as an adjunct professor. Gon Chaudhuri, the main person behind the project who is also the former advisor to the state power department said that it is a special technology that will be used to convert kitchen waste into bio gas. "It will be a hybrid renewable energy project combining both bio energy and solar power. About one tonne of kitchen waste that is daily produced from the hostels of the institute campus will be put into a pre-digester machine where all the kitchen waste that includes thrown out vegetable wastes will be further shredded and processed to produce bio gas that will again generate bio power. "This bio power will run the engine which will generate electricity. Along with this, solar power will be generated from the solar panels that are installed in the roof top and a total of 30 KW of renewable energy could be produced from this combination. We have set a target of January next year to start power generation," Gon Chaudhuri said.
Already, the institute's Centre for green energy and censor system is doing extensive research work to develop renewable and green energy.
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