BETiC Center

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BATiC Center

In Collaboration with IIT Bombay


  • BETiC : Biomedical Engineering and Technology (incubation) Centre

  • A network of medical device R&D facilities at Gyanmanjari Institute of Technology, Bhavnagar.

  • These were set up by the Government of Gujarat to accelerate indigenous development and manufacture of medical devices suitable for the local population.

  • The centers have about 4 multi-disciplinary faculties, researchers and students, collaborating with an equal number of expert clinicians from top hospitals in Gujarat to identify unmet clinical needs and develop novel yet affordable solutions.

  • Major Objectives


  • Establishing an integrated facility

  • Developing selected medical devices

  • Device manufacturing and testing

  • Facilitating ‘bench-to-bed’ translation

  • Training suitable human resources.

  • The journey usually starts from a medical device innovation camp (MEDIC), where the participants are trained how to define, develop, deliver and deploy a medical device. Successful innovators are invited to join BETiC, where they are mentored and supported till the ‘edge of commercialization’ – leading to start-ups or licensing.

  • If you find this interesting, and would like to contribute in way – as a doctor, researcher, entrepreneur, investor or facilitator, please do visit or get in touch with us.

  • Many clinicians approach BETiC with pressing problems like low-cost devices to screen rural patients or reusable surgical instruments.

  • Depending on their academic background and professional experience, interns are put on a mentor-guided self-learning programme in various labs to fill any gaps in their skill-sets essential for medical device innovation.

  • This includes Soft skills like empathizing with patients, professionalism, team-work, effective meetings and presentations, project and document management, and handling visitors are also honed.





Steps to Medical Device Innovation



  1. Clinical Immersion

  2. Problem Definition

  3. Concept & Feasibility

  4. Detailed Design

  5. Engineering Analysis

  6. Prototyping

  7. Clinical Trials
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  • During this period, the interns explore and select suitable medical device projects.

  • They meet clinicians, conduct market surveys, and scan relevant patents. Solution ideas are generated, proof-of-concepts are fabricated, and feedback is sought from domain experts to establish the feasibility of the project.

BETiC Team



Prof. A. H. Vora (Elec. Dept.)

Center Incharge


Prof. C. N. Chauhan (Elec. Dept.)

Team Member


Prof. P. J. Viradiya (Comp. Dept.)

Team Member


Prof. J. V. Bhatt (Mech Dept.)

Team Member



Current Projects




  • A partogram or partograph is a composite graphical record of key data (maternal and fetal) during labour entered against time on a single sheet of paper.

  • Relevant measurements might include statistics such as cervical dilation, fetal heart rate, duration of labour and vital signs.

  • It is intended to provide an accurate record of the progress in labour, so that any delay or deviation from normal may be detected quickly and treated accordingly.


Digital Partograph


  • Digital partograph is an electronic implementation of standard paper based Partograph/Partogram that can work on a mobile or tablet pc.

  • Partograph is a paper-based tool developed by W.H.O. to monitor labour during pregnancy.

  • The use of the partograph is recommended as an important indicator for monitoring intrapartum care.

  • Partograph includes several labour vitals including cervix dilatation of the mother.

  • Plotting the cervix dilatation against time can help in predicting deviation from the normal progress of labour.


Advantages


  • Mitigating human errors

  • Increased accountability & preventing false data entry

  • Allows easy data analysis

  • Availability

  • Ease of use

Crutch


  • A crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body.

  • It is often used by people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities.



Problems with Traditional Crutch


  • The problem with traditional crutch is the pain and damage caused by excessive pressure on joints and nerves, particularly under the armpits, and overloading hands, wrists, and elbows.
  • This limits use for prolonged periods.
  • Difficulty in carrying crutches along with other objects.
  • Bulky
  • Lacks Body weight distribution

Ergonomic Crutch


  • Convertible Arm Support(Axillary Elbow)
  • Grip Position
  • Adaptable Elbow Support
  • Device Locator
  • Flash Light
  • Shock Absorption
  • Anti Skid Base
  • Forward Propulsion