HAVING DEVELOPED an innovative computer-aided Catheter Reprocessing System (CRS) for cleaning catheters, 27-year-old city-based biomedical engineer Vikram Goel has won the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2016, which was recently conducted in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in New Delhi.
With an intention to make healthcare more accessible, Goel, who currently works as a senior biomedical engineer at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, developed the CRS machine which is likely to reduce the treatment cost for cardiovascular diseases by up to 55 per cent. Saving Rs 526 per catheter and reducing the catheter replacement process by 80 per cent, the CRS was awarded with the Innovation Award at IIGP 2016, along with 30 other innovators from across India.
Having won the project, which is also along the lines of PM Narendra Modi’s Make In India campaign and Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, Goel will now be participating in a leadership programme for innovative business development methods sponsored by Stanford University in the Silicon Valley in the USA. This year, the Indian delegation will be led by PM Modi.
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Talking about the CRS machine developed by him, which intends to replace the conventional method for cleaning of catheters, Goel told Chandigarh Newsline, “The machine is fully automatic, and also adopts a stringent cleaning process for removal of microbes and antigen for each catheter. The CRS also takes care of everything. Using this machine, catheters can be attached with the press of a single button, thus eliminating the need for any human intervention.”
Goel now intends to start a company for production of the CRS machine, in line with the Make In India campaign. “At the investor meet in US, I will now be
convincing potential investors to fund my project so that I can start production for this machine. The idea is to facilitate healthcare and make it more affordable.”
The CRS machine developed by Goel had also won the award for the Best Medical Innovative Product for 2016 at the 22nd International Medical Fair held in Mumbai earlier this year. Not only this, Goel was also awarded the Young Innovator Award 2016 by PGIMER for his project. Having developed the fully automatic catheter reprocessor, Goel has now also applied to patent the system under his name. Prior to this, he has also worked on several projects for making healthcare more accessible and cheaper. His other achievements include developing a helium compressor and coldhead monitoring device for MRI systems, advanced in-house repair of medical devices and a digital safety cane for visually impaired people.