The School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, has announced the launch of Hridyantra, a grand challenge-based program to develop the world’s most advanced artificial heart or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
The program, in collaboration with the country’s main hospitals, would promote the Made in India vision for the world.
A team of innovators with relevant experience will be selected under the mentorship of a working group of industry experts. The challenge of developing India’s first LVAD system will be open to graduates in basic sciences, medicine and engineering or graduates from any field with relevant experience.
Selected applicants will receive scholarship and milestone-based ownership in the business entity once the LVAD is successfully commercialized and launched.
The SMRT, IIT Kanpur has established a working group that includes engineering faculty members from IIT Kanpur, industry experts from the United States 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 develop artificial heart.
Upon completion of their clinical immersion, fellows will move to IIT Kanpur to begin the product development process under the project. The minimum eligibility criteria for applicants are a bachelor’s degree in any relevant discipline in basic science, engineering or medical science or a degree in any field with related experience. Candidates should be team players, with a penchant for creativity and problem solving.