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BETiC, IITB to host 5th Edition of Medical Device Innovation Camp

The Biomedical Engineering and Technology incubation Centre (BETiC) of IIT Bombay, which recently concluded a series of medical device hackathons in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, recently announced their annual training workshop MEDIC – Medical Device Innovation Camp from September 28 to October 2, 2019 to be held in the Powai campus.

Over the five days of MEDIC, participants will form interdisciplinary teams and work on real-life projects guided by mentors. They will learn how to define an unmet need, develop an innovative solution, deliver a validated product, and deploy it in the market. Interactive FAQ sessions with domain experts and story-telling by successful innovators will enrich the learning experience and create a friendly network to access in the future.

The BETiC network now comprises 14 institutes across Maharashtra, the latest one being the GH Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur on July 28, 2019. Other engineering partners include KJSCE Mumbai, COE Pune, MIT-ADT Pune, SIU Pune and VNIT Nagpur. Medical partners include JJMC and GDCH Mumbai, HITRT Mumbai, MGMIHS Sanpada, BJMC Pune, BKLWRH Dervan and DMIMS Wardha.

Prof B Ravi, Founder, BETiC, said, “Since the first MEDIC in September 2015, BETiC partner institutes have brought together more than one hundred doctors and engineers every year to explore medical device innovation. These centres enable quickly traversing the ‘valleys of death’ from idea to invention to innovation to impact. In the last four years, team members have filed 50 patents, incubated 12 startup companies, and licensed five products to the industry. The Camp allows us to share the best practices of how to define, develop, deliver and deploy innovative medical devices.”

This camp is meant for working professionals including innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors, innovation managers and faculty guiding med-tech projects. Recent winners of any innovation event, including MEDHA (Medical Device Hackathon), BIG (Biotechnology Ignition Grant), IIGP (India Innovation Growth Programme) and GYTI (Gandhian Young Technological Innovation) can also utilise the five-day camp to accelerate their innovation journey in the healthcare field.

Participants will work in teams with members from four streams: Medical, Design, Engineering 1( mechanical, materials, production or industrial engineering) and Engineering-II (electronics, electrical, computer science or infotech). Winners have a chance to develop their ideas further at any of the BETiC centres and start their companies at any suitable incubator including SINE, IIT Bombay or Venture Centre, Pune, who are partners for the Camp.

Several participants of previous MEDIC camps have gone on to incubate their own startup companies for commercialising their innovations. Adarsha is the founder of one such startup called Ayu Device, which makes smart stethoscope modules to convert conventional stethoscopes into digital devices along with sound enhancement, noise cancellation, data visualisation, storage and sharing capabilities. Their team has already sold several hundred units to primary health centres and telemedicine companies.