Cardiology is a grand program challenge open to graduates of any stream, including basic science, medical and engineering bachelor’s or relevant experience.
The School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT), IIT Kanpur, has announced the launch of Cardiology, a platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research in various fields of medical science and technology, a major challenge-based program for creating the world’s most advanced artificial heart or artificial heart. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In collaboration with leading hospitals in the country, the program will promote a ‘Made in India’ vision for the world. A team of innovators with relevant experience will be selected under the advice of a task force consisting of industry experts. The challenge of developing India’s first LVAD system will be open to graduates of any stream with basic science, medical and engineering bachelor’s or relevant experience. If LVAD is successfully commercialized and launched, the selected candidates will receive a Fellowship in Commercial Entity and a Milestone-Based Ownership.
Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “The program provides an innovative platform for entrepreneurs’ problem solvers, which will not only enrich the country’s health ecosystem but also lead the way in interdisciplinary biomedical research and innovation. This is our Munshot project, the success of which will determine the way forward and boost the morale of everyone involved. “
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or artificial heart is a pump that is used as a bridge for end-stage heart failure patients while waiting for a heart transplant or as a destination therapy for those who are unable to go for a transplant. It is an implantable battery-powered, mechanical pump that helps the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart) to pump blood to the rest of the body.
SMRT, IIT Kanpur has formed a power-packed task force consisting of members of IIT Kanpur’s engineering faculty, US industry experts and clinical experts from Narayana Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Delhi (AIIMS Delhi), Apollo. Fortis Healthcare, Medanta, KIMS, and UN Mehta Heart Institute to help selected fellows in the development of artificial hearts. Cardiology is India’s most prestigious and influential medical device innovation program.
Professor S Ganesh, Deputy Director, IIT Kanpur and overall in-charge of SMRT, said, “It will pave the way for an interdisciplinary collaboration in Cardiovascular Engineering and Medicine, supported by the technical and entrepreneurial skills and clinical expertise of IIT Kanpur. Partner Hospital. ”
The performance of this unique competition will begin with the deployment of a multi-disciplinary team of Fellows who will be clinically immersed in Narayana Health Hospital to understand the clinical subtleties associated with cardiac surgery. After completing their clinical immersion, the Fellows will move to IIT Kanpur to begin the product development process under the project.
The minimum eligibility criteria for candidates is a bachelor’s degree in any relevant basic science, engineering or medical science branch or a bachelor’s degree in any stream with relevant experience. Candidates must be team players with a passion for creativity and problem solving.
The program provides an opportunity to develop the world’s most advanced heart assist device and launch your own venture with a living allowance, and access to consultants from the global Medtech industry. With Cardiology, SMRT IIT Kanpur envisions becoming a household name in clinical excellence and interdisciplinary biomedical research and innovation.
The program is currently receiving applications until 30 January 2022.