Medical Technology Current Affairs - 2020

11 Annual MedTech Summit of Biodesign Programme held in New Delhi

The XIth Annual MedTech Summit of Biodesign Programme was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

The summit was organised by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Bio Design Programme. It was attended by leaders of government organisations, academia, medical device industry, start-ups, hospitals, design, business and engineering institutes from Australia, Finland, Canada, India, Germany, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.

Bio Design Programme

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology is implementing Bio Design Programme to develop innovative and affordable medical devices to cater to clinical needs of country. It aims to train next generation of medical technology innovators in country.

It is implemented by DBT at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and IIT Delhi in collaboration with international partners. DBT has authorised Biotech Consortium India Limited for management of its intellectual property and other techno- legal activities.

Scientists develop smart bandage to promote better, faster healing

Scientists from US have developed a smart bandage that can precisely control dose and delivery schedule of medication tailored for a specific type of wound, leading to faster healing.

This is the first bandage that is capable of dose-dependent drug release and can be used to heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries. Moreover, this platform can be applied to many different areas of biomedical engineering and medicine.

Smart Bandage

The smart bandage consists of electrically conductive fibres coated in a gel that can be individually loaded with infection-fighting antibiotics, painkillers, tissue-regenerating growth factors or other medications. It has microcontroller having size of postage stamp, which can be triggered by smartphone or other wireless device. When it is triggered, microcontroller sends small amounts of voltage through a chosen fibre which heats fibre and its hydrogel, releasing whatever cargo it contains.