Cheaper, lighter biomedical equipment using Def-tech
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 17:37
Bangalore: Creating spinoffs from various defence technologies used in creating new defence machines, the Society for Bio Medical Technology of Defence Research and Development Organisation has come up with cheaper and lighter biomedical instruments to help needy patients and address their needs.

According to DRDO chief Controller (R&D) W Selvamurthy, the Society, set up in 1993 during former President Abdul Kalam's tenure, is a collaboration between DRDO, Department of Science and Technology and Welfare Ministry, which has begun developing modern bio-medical instruments with indigenous technology.

The society has come up with coronary stent using titanium stainless steel, much cheaper than the earlier commercially available one, he said on the sidelines of a recent function.

These stents are now being commercially manufactured and currently being used by nearly 8000 persons, he said.

Another spin off was a cochlear implant being developed by DRDO to help those with hearing problems. While imported ones cost Rs six lakh, DRDO's implant could be made available for Rs one lakh. In the first phase, it would have eight electrodes, he said, adding that the chip for it was developed in Bangalore.

Currently, animal trials are on and clinical trials would take place in July. It would greatly benefit the poor, who cannot afford expensive cochlear implants, he said.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 17:37

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