Medical Device Innovation: Translating Ideas into Reality
Concept & Feasibility MDOF Laparoscope APCMBE, Taiwan
Generate multiple ideas first, evaluate them later. Overcome any mental blocks using diverging-converging approach.

1. Create new ideas with ease, using techniques like Bionics and TRIZ.

2. Select the best concept by comparing against functional requirements.

3. Sketch, 3D model, visualize and animate the concept for a preliminary check.

4. Fabricate a rapid prototype to check its form, function and feasibility.

5. This is a good stage to file a patent (you will have a full year to modify).

Novel Laparoscopic Instrument provides an additional degree of maneuverability, reducing the risk of tissue damage and surgeon fatigue.

Development team includes Sritam Rout, BETiC, IIT Bombay; and Dr. Suresh Deshpande, Swarup Hospital, Kolhapur

Current status: Rapid prototype has been fabricated and undergoing function testing.

Patent filed: S. Rout, R. Ghyar, S. Deshpande, B. Ravi, "Multi Degree of Freedom Laparoscopic Instrument".

9th Asia Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering held at NCKU Tainan on 9-12 Oct 2014 brought together key researchers and medical device industry. Prof. B. Ravi was invited by Prof. R-F Kuo, Medical Device Innovation Center of NCKU to share the Indian experience.