Stanford-India Biodesign opens center in New Delhi

Stanford India Biodesign

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Paul Yock, T.S. Rao, Manju Sharma, M.K. Bhan and Balram Bhargava at December's opening of the center.

The Stanford-India Biodesign Center officially opened its campus at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in December. It's in remodeled quarters at AIIMS, the largest public hospital in New Delhi and a leading medical school.

Stanford-India Biodesign - a partnership between the Stanford University Program in Biodesign, the Indian government, AIIMS and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi - aims to foster a new generation of Indian biomedical technology innovators. In January 2008, its first five fellows came to Stanford to study the biodesign innovation process, returning home in August to work in the emergency room at AIIMS and visit urban and rural clinics to observe medical needs.

At last month's ceremony, the fellows presented their concepts and prototypes, including a new device for intraosseous access, a fecal monitor and an automated CPR machine. Among the audience of about 50 people were M.K. Bhan, MD, India's secretary of biotechnology, and his deputy, T.S. Rao, MD, as well as Paul Yock, MD, of Stanford, and the program's executive director Balram Bhargava, MD.

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