Vikram Goel, a 27-year-old biomedical engineer from Chandigarh had developed an innovative computer-aided Catheter Reprocessing System (CRS) for cleaning catheters. He has won the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2016 sponsored by Department of Science and Technology(DST), Government of India, in New Delhi.
The CRS machine developed by Goel is expected to reduce 55% cost in treating the cardiovascular diseases. The machine will also substantially reduce the replacement process and save Rs 526 per catheter.
Goel said “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.”
Now, Goel is looking for potential investors to fund the commercial production of the machine.
His other innovations includes 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.