India is fast becoming the hub of medical device innovations and one of the positive aspects is that the government has been highly supportive of the activities in this vertical.
Among the prominent names that serve as one of the examples of inclusive medical technology innovation in India is the Biodesign programme of the department of biotechnology (DBT). Under this initiative, several indigenous technologies have been developed to address unmet medical needs of India.
As an outcome, more than 100 innovators have been trained. Several national and international patents have been filed. About 30 prototypes have been developed. 9 start-up companies have been established by the Fellows and interns of this programme. 13 technologies have been licensed and 9 start-up companies launched. International collaborations have been established with Stanford University, USA; QUT, Australia; and Tottori University, Japan.
Biodesign programme is based on a novel approach of end-to-end process that begins with idea generation through clinical immersion up to commercialization by a multi-disciplinary team comprising a physician, engineer, product designer, and an entrepreneur. The aim is to develop simple, rapid, indigenous, low cost medical devices and implants by applying 4 components i.e. affordability, accessibility, availability and appropriateness.
Another example is Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC) established at IIT-Madras that is delivering innovations and technologies that are reaching the field through government and industry partnerships, bringing benefits to lives and our society.