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IIT Mumbai’s biosensor heart attack detector to be marketed

The Centre for Excellence of Nanoelectronics in IIT here is all set to take its recently developed low cost biosensor `iSens’, which detects heart attack well in advance, to the market by the end of this year. The Centre is preparing `iSens’ (to detect acute myocardial infarction) for clinical trials and will be put to commercial production by December this year, Dr V Ramgopal Rao, Chief, Nanoelectronics department of IIT Mumbai, who heads this multi-disciplinary project, said. “Field trials will not take time since it is only a diagnostic tool. We are talking to some Indian and multinational companies and a company in UK to commercialise the product, he said. “Our aim is to reach this product to the primary health care (PHC) centres in the country as only five per cent of the heart patients are able to reach big hospitals while 95 per cent go to PHC or small clinics,” he said adding “we can train the PHC personnel as the device will be simple to operate.” This indigenous and sensitive detector works with a table top box costing between INR 5,000 and INR 10,000. A disposable card costs a few hundred every time a test is conducted and the cost per patient works out to less than INR 1,000. On the other hand, the existing test costs over INR 20,000. In other words, this indigenously developed device reduces the cost of myocardial infarction diagnosis by a factor of 20 compared to what is presently available in the market. Not only the cost is very low, the sensor also detects and warns a person about the possible acute myocardial infarction upto six months in advance, Rao said.

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