IIT Kharagpur to develop battery-free implantable medical devices

Published on: Aug 2, 2018 11:44 IST
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The IIT Kharagpur has established a Bioelectronics Innovation Laboratory to develop battery-free implantable medical devices. The electronic devices are developed for the treatment of brain, nerve, muscle or spinal cord disorders that are untreatable by using standard medical practices, an IIT KGP statement claimed today. The bioelectronics is a new field in engineering that is yet to make its mark in India. The Bioelectronic devices generally aim to restore missing neural functions, while utilising energy efficient engineering systems, the statement said.

"We aim to implant coin-sized electronic chips with wireless... These chips will solve neural connectivity problems that are otherwise not addressed by latest medical sciences," the statement quoted Prof Sudip Nag from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering as saying. Nag is heading this initiative at IIT Kharagpur.

While standard pace-producers requires a medical procedure - each 5 to 10 years - because of constrained battery life, the new arrangements rely upon remote power exchange and astute correspondence conspires, the announcement said.

The line of research that is available to targets blindness, limb paralysis, sensory-motor dysfunction, cognition-loss, Parkinsons tremor, epileptic seizures and memory loss. Every one of these gadgets will have the capacity to detect bio-signals, process data to settle on shrewd choices and control infected organs by electrical techniques, Nag said including that these gadgets will be exceedingly moderate and solid medicinal.

The college is in the process of setting up collaborations with several hospitals and institutes in the country and abroad. Besides, the laboratory will open new career avenues in incubating companies for production and marketing and also create an international supply base for medical devices giants like Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Advanced Bionic, Second Sight and Saint Judes Medical, Nag said.

"We are looking forward to technology licensing and commercialisation of bioelectronic devices that are being developed in this laboratory," he said.

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