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IIT-K, KGMU Lucknow jointly launch fellowship program

Taking another leap towards making India self-reliant in health-tech innovations, IIT Kanpur and KGMU Lucknow have jointly launched a School of International Biodesign – Synergizing Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIB-SHInE) program.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), government of India. IIT Kanpur and KGMU are the second set of institutes after IIT Delhi and AIIMS Delhi to launch this program.

Stalwarts in biodesign and clinical innovation, medical technology development, entrepreneurship and finance management make up the leadership of the SIB SHInE program and the SIB-SHInE fellows will receive curated instructions and mentorship from these experts throughout the program.

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said here in a statement on Friday that, “At IIT Kanpur, there has been a significant acceleration in research and innovation in the MedTech domain. Our aim is to enrich the health ecosystem of our nation with indigenous and low-cost MedTech devices and services. This SIB SHInE fellowship sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), is essential in this regard. The fellowship will not only further research and innovation in the MedTech domain, but most importantly will pave the way ahead in realizing our vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat by supporting indigenous talent with critical R&D and entrepreneurial support.”

Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Professor, Biological Sciences & Bioengineering Department, IIT Kanpur, and Faculty-in-charge, SIB SHInE, said, “The healthcare workers use a wide array of engineered products. They know what to use but they may not know how to build those. The engineers on the other hand, knows how to build engineered products but don’t necessarily know what to build. The SIB-SHInE program of IIT Kanpur and KGMU will bridge this gap and can potentially change the way how medical devices enter our hospitals.”

The program is based on the philosophy of 4Cs, that is – Clinical Immersion, Conception, Creation and Corroborations. The program will commence with the deployment of a multi-disciplinary team of SIB SHInE fellows, selected through rigorous screening, who will undergo clinical immersion at KGMU Lucknow. During clinical immersion, the fellows will shadow doctors and identify various unmet clinical needs. Upon completing their clinical immersion, fellows will move to IIT Kanpur to begin the prototype development for the identified biomedical problems.

The program offers one-of-its-kind opportunities to young minds to become biomedical entrepreneurs and launch one’s own venture, with highly rewarding living allowance, and access to global MedTech industry mentors. A monthly stipend of Rs 60000 will be given to all the selected fellows.

The program is currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 cohort until 20th July 2022. United News of India

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