Kharagpur: One of the leading IIT Kharagpur all set up for Bioelectronics Innovation. It is a new and an exciting field to develop futuristic batter – free implantable medical devices for treatment of brain, nerve, muscle or spinal cord disorders that are untreatable by using standard medical practices. According to the institute, it utilizes the interesting knowledge of both electronics and biology. The Bioelectronic generally target to restore missing neural functions, while utilizing energy efficient and miniaturized engineering system. It is a device which will enhance the – lifetime of implants and reduce the number of surgical interventions.
Sudip Nag from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering who is heading the IIT Kharagpur said “ We aim to implant coin-sized electronic chips with wireless energy supply for rehabilitation and prostheses applications. These chips will solve neural connectivity problems that are not addressed by the latest medical sciences”.Our solutions will incorporate a combination of electrical stimulation, bio-potential recording, and neuro-chemical sensing.”
Later he also added “ Unlike the standard pacemakers that require a surgery every five to ten years due to limited battery-life our solution depends on wireless power transfer and intelligent communication schemes. The programmable chips will help in adapting with varying physiological conditions in patients. The present line of research targets subjects will blindness, limb paralysis, sensory-motor dysfunction, cognition-loss, Parkinson tremor, epileptic seizures, and even memory loss.”
Mr. Nag also added“ Grants have been received from IIT Kharagpur. It is in the process of setting up collaborations with several hospitals and institutes in India and abroad. We are looking forward to technology licensing and commercialization of bio-electronic devices that are being developed in this laboratory.