The program, in collaboration with the country’s main hospitals, would promote the vision of made in India. A team of innovators with relevant experience will be selected under the mentorship of a working group of industry experts. Selected applicants will receive scholarship and milestone-based ownership in the business entity once LVAD is successfully launched. The minimum eligibility criterion for applicants is a bachelor’s degree in all relevant basic sciences
The Director of IIT-K, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, said: “With Hridyantra we take a further step forward in realizing our vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. The program, providing an innovation platform for enterprising problem solvers, will not only enrich the country’s health ecosystem, but will also pave the way for interdisciplinary biomedical research and innovation.
An LVAD or artificial heart is a pump used in patients with end-stage heart failure as a bridge while waiting for a heart transplant or as a destination therapy for those who cannot undergo a transplant. This is a battery-powered implantable mechanical pump, which helps the left ventricle (the heart’s main pumping chamber) pump blood to the body.
SMRT established a working group consisting of IIT-K engineering faculty members, 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.
Professor S Ganesh, Deputy Director (IIT-K) and General Manager of SMRT, said: “Hridyantra will pave the way for an interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering and medicine, supported by the technological and entrepreneurial expertise of the IIT. Kanpur and the clinical expertise of IIT-K. partner hospitals.
This unique competition will begin with the deployment of a multidisciplinary team of fellows who will undergo clinical immersion in Narayana health hospitals to understand the clinical nuances associated with cardiac surgery. The program is accepting applications until January 30 at https://iitk-smrt-hridyantra.co.in/