Clemson University partners with IIT Delhi to launch biotech incubator

Delphine Dean (right) demonstrates for Brij Khorana some of the research that will be done as part of the Center for Innovative Medical Devices and Sensors. Photo provided by Clemson University.

A new partnership between Clemson University and one of India’s top engineering schools will allow researchers from across the globe to collaborate on new medical devices and sensors while educating the health care industry’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

Clemson has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to launch the Center for Innovative Medical Devices and Sensors, according to a news release.

The center will allow the universities to exchange faculty members, students, and post-doctoral researchers, and to eventually establish joint courses. 

The first exchanges could begin as soon as next summer.

Martine LaBerge, chair of the bioengineering department at Clemson, said the center “sets the stage” for health care education and research.

“Students will learn the leadership, entrepreneurial, and technical skills they will need to support and enhance a knowledge-based economy,” LaBerge said.

IIT Delhi students will be visiting Clemson primarily for research, graduate studies, and specialized bioengineering programs. The first research projects will focus on solutions for diabetes and other chronic health issues common to both countries.

As these innovations become ready for the marketplace, Clemson officials envision new jobs for South Carolinians as existing companies expand and new companies move to the state to collaborate with the center’s researchers.

Delphine Dean, an associate professor of bioengineering at Clemson, said the center’s research will result in technology that’s designed to meet regulatory requirements in multiple countries, smoothing the transition to markets around the globe.

“If a company wants to have a landing base to do FDA testing, South Carolina is a great area to do it in,” she said. “We have a lot of resources at the state level, and I think it will help drive economic development. When you go visit IIT Delhi, they know Clemson, and they know South Carolina.”

Dean is coordinating the center with Sandeep Jha, an assistant professor in the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at IIT Delhi.

Jha said the collaboration between Clemson University and IIT Delhi will be a win-win for both institutions.

“The research and continual development in the field of medical sensors and devices is the need of the hour,” he said. “Most of the conventional technology related to health care and diagnostics have gradually been shifted towards automation, miniaturization, and cost-effectiveness. In this regard, a research collaboration with Clemson University to develop cutting-edge medical technology would be beneficial for India, as it imports the majority of its medical devices and technologies. Medical devices and sensors could also help to meet several critical needs of South Carolina.”

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Clemson is renowned as the birthplace of the field of biomaterials and was among the first universities in the United States to start a bioengineering program, awarding its first doctorate in 1963. The university also played a central role in creating the Society for Biomaterials.


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