LUCKNOW: Animal trials for artificial heart, which is being developed by IIT-Kanpur in collaboration with the leading hospitals of the country, will begin in March or April next year, said IIT-K director Abhay Karandikar.
Addressing the 118th foundation day celebration of the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) as chief guest on Saturday, Karandikar said the School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT), IIT-Kanpur, has developed a prototype of the world’s most advanced artificial heart or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
“Our 10-member team which includes chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers, in association with the doctors of Professor Devi Shetty’s Narayana Health Hospital, has developed a prototype and animal trials will start in March-April. We plan to complete clinical trials in eight months,” he said.
The IIT-K director said that engineering and medical institutes should work to reduce India’s dependence on imports and develop medical equipment indigenously to deliver affordable healthcare in Tier II and Tier III cities.
He said about 80% of medical devices, from durables to implants, are used in hospitals and medical institutions, were imported from foreign countries. “The import goes beyond 10 billion US dollars. The seriousness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that till a few years back, 23% of the health budget was spent on importing cardiac stents,” he added.
“We should work in tandem to develop indigenous technology, devices and equipment, which will not only help us provide better healthcare but also give the chance to export. Medical devices market will be 50 billion US dollars by 2030,” he said, giving example of the indigenously developed ventilator.
“During Covid-19 pandemic, we developed ventilator in 90 days when India was not producing ventilators,” he said, adding that IIT-Kanpur and KGMU had joined hands to develop indigenous medical equipment.
Guest of honour and former head of KGMU’s psychiatry department, professor Prabhat Sitholey, highlighted the importance of communication skills to help students in treating patients.
Vice-chancellor, KGMU Lt Gen (Retd) Prof Bipin Puri, said: “KGMU has achieved many milestones in research which will remain memorable till eternity.”

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