Campus Connect: Top colleges prescribe Medic 2017 to treat business apathy

COEP, IIT and VNIT come together to move medical startups up food chain

pune Updated: Sep 15, 2017 16:42 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Medic 2017,College of Engineering Pune,Dr. Chandrashekhar
Speakers, faculty and guests of honour at the launch of Medic 2017 at the COEP campus in the city on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

College of Engineering Pune (COEP), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur, are jointly organising a medical device innovation camp (Medic) at the COEP campus in the city.

The five-day camp was inaugurated on September 13 and will continue till September 17, for students, doctors and engineers in the fields of biomedical, design, electronics and mechanical design and production.

Participants at the camp will be assisted in on learning how to identify an un-met clinical need, develop an innovative solution, test and certify the device, evolve a business plan, and pitch it to investors. They are to be given a platform to work on real-life projects mentored by med-tech innovators. Eventually those successful innovators shall be supported by the Biomedical Engineering and Technology Incubation Centre (BETiC), for transforming ideas into reality.

On Thursday, chief guest Dr U Chandrasekhar, pro vice-chancellor and chairman of the Institution of Engineers (India) Research Board and director of SR University, Chennai, along with guest of honour, Dr A S Chandanwale, Dean, BJ Govt. Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals and College of Nursing, inaugurated the camp.

In his address, Dr Ahuja said the whole idea behind the initiative is, “To inspire Clinical and Technology professionals to develop innovative solutions for the unattended problems in society related to healthcare, which will be affordable for the common man and thus give back to the country. About 70 participants, which include doctors, engineers and professionals, will be working together to develop innovative devices having affordable excellence addressing more than 36 clinical poblems.”

To mentor them over 30 mentors, volunteers and few faculty and experts from the medical and engineering sectors have been involved in Medic 2017.

Emphasising the need for development of medical innovation in India, Dr. Chandrashekhar said, “India stands between the 60th and 70th position in as far as the global ranking is considered for innovation, inspite of having the capability of making innovations .”

Stating the example of 3nethra, a non-invasive pre-screening ophthalmology device, that detects eye problems quickly and at a low-cost, designed and developed by the Bengaluru-based Forus Health, which was founded by K Chandrasekhar, he added that considering the sedentary lifestyle of Indians, and spread of diabetes, treatments with imported technologies may not be affordable by all, it is therefore the dire need of today that new innovations are developed in India which will be affordable for all the economic groups.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 16:41 IST