IIT-D Unveils Unique Medical Technology Development Facility

The facility is currently developing technologies for disease diagnosis, implantable devices for orthopedic, ocular and cardiac needs

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Health Research (DHR) have officially unveiled Medtech Product Ignition and Acceleration Gateway of India (mPRAGATI), a national center for the development of medical technologies under the aegis of the ICMR-Medical Device and Diagnostics Mission Secretariat at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D).

mPRAGATI, which is sponsored by ICMR and DHR under the PM-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), will serve as an ISO-certified, C-compliant medical device manufacturing and testing facility. GMP to translate medical products from TRL 3 (proof of concept) to TRL 7 (ready for clinical evaluation). The facility is currently developing technologies for disease diagnosis, implantable devices for orthopedic, ocular and cardiac needs.

In addition to its formal activities, the institution will also organize periodic boot camps, workforce training sessions for students, faculty and start-ups to foster the development ecosystem of medical devices. The facility will use technical consultants to fine-tune the designs and products to keep them at par with industry standards.

This new initiative will lead to a major change in the biomedical ecosystem and will help researchers, doctors, entrepreneurs and academics across India to effectively commercialize their idea. Furthermore, it will create a pipeline of advanced technologies and products in line with PM-ABHIM initiatives and will be monitored by NITI Aayog.