smrt: Smrt To Develop Advanced Artificial Heart Under ‘hridyantra’ | Kanpur News

Kanpur: The School of Medical Research and Technology (SMRT), IIT-Kanpur, announced the launch of ‘Hridyantra’, a program to develop the world’s most advanced artificial heart or a Left Ventricular Assist device (LVAD).
The program, in collaboration with the nation’s leading hospitals, would promote the vision of made in India. A team of innovators with relevant experience will be selected under the mentorship of a task force composed of industry experts. Selected candidates will receive a fellowship and a milestone based ownership in the commercial entity once the LVAD is successfully launched. The minimum eligibility criteria for candidates is a bachelor’s degree in any relevant basic sciences
Director, IIT-K Professor Abhay Karandikar said, “With Hridyantra, we are moving another step forward in realizing our vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. The program, providing an innovation platform for enterprising problem solvers, will not only enrich the health ecosystem of the country but will also lead the way in interdisciplinary biomedical research and innovation.”
A LVAD or artificial heart is a pump used in patients with end-stage heart failure as a bridge while awaiting a heart transplant or as a destination therapy for those unable to go in for a transplant. It is an implantable battery-operated, mechanical pump, which helps the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood to body.
The SMRT has created a task force comprising engineering faculty members from IIT-K, industry experts from the USA, and clinical experts from Narayana Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Delhi (AIIMS Delhi), Apollo, Fortis Healthcare, Medanta, KIMS and UN Mehta Heart Institute to handhold the selected fellows on developing the Artificial Heart.
Deputy director (IIT-K) and overall in-charge of SMRT, Professor S Ganesh said, “Hridyantra will pave the way for an interdisciplinary collaboration of engineering and medicine, backed by the technological and entrepreneurial expertise at IIT Kanpur and clinical expertise of the partner hospitals.”
This unique competition will begin with the deployment of a multi-disciplinary team of fellows who will undergo clinical immersion at Narayana Health Hospitals for understanding the clinical nuances associated with cardiac surgery. The program is accepting applications until January 30 on

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