BETIC organizes four major events every year – Medical Device Hackathon (MEDHA), Medical Device Innovation Camp (MEDIC), Medical Device Expo (MEDEX) and Medical Device Innovation Symposium (MEDIS). The events enable curating clinical needs, training potential innovators, expanding the collaboration network and sharing the best practices among partners.
Medical Device Hackathon (MEDHA) is a hackathon for final year students and young working professionals to explore medical device innovation.
BETIC team collects clinical problems from local hospital doctors, curates them by checking for market need, innovation potential and technical feasibility, and creates short videos for showing to participants.
Participants form teams of four with medicine, design, electronics and mechanical backgrounds. They brainstorm new ideas, sketch concepts, fabricate proof-of-concepts and present them to an expert jury panel. Each team is mentored by a senior innovator or entrepreneur from BETIC network.
MEDHA is organized during weekends in May-July at multiple partner institutes who are interested in bringing teachers and students from different disciplines together, as well as connecting them with local doctors and entrepreneurs.
During 2016-2022, BETIC team organized 12 MEDHA in Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Wardha, benefiting over 450 participants. MEDHA 2021 and 2022 were conducted in online mode due to COVID pandemic.
Medical Device Innovation Camp (MEDIC) is an intensive course covering the pathway from unmet clinical need identification to novel product development, pre-clinical validation and business venture planning.
It is meant for med-tech industry professionals, clinicians, startup founders, R&D managers, innovation or incubation center heads, teachers and mentors.
There are lecture sessions by expert speakers, interactive FAQ sessions by industry professionals and startup stories by med-tech entrepreneurs, along with team projects mentored by BETIC team members.
Participants view clinical problem videos from expert doctors, form inter-disciplinary teams, brainstorm ideas, evolve concepts, fabricate prototypes and present them to an expert jury panel.
In addition to gaining comprehensive knowledge about medical device innovation, participants also benefit from experiential learning through team project, networking with faculty, experts and peers, as well as opportunity to win prizes and fellowships.
Since 2015, BETIC organized MEDIC six times, most of them at IIT Bombay during September, benefitting nearly 400 participants. Many of them continued working on their projects and created med-startups.
Medical Device Expo (MEDEX) showcases the medical devices developed by BETiC labs and partners.
Start-up companies and industry partners display the latest versions of their products developed in collaboration with BETIC. There are separate booths for BETiC clusters (Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur), who display novel products ready for licensing.
MEDEX is organized twice an year, concurrent with Medical Device Innovation Symposium (in April) and Medical Device Innovation Camp (in October). There are several hundred highly relevant visitors, including representatives of government, academia, medical community, industry, investors and other facilitators.
During 2014-2019, BETIC team organized five MEDEX, at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Dervan.
Medical Device Innovation Symposium (MEDIS) started as a follow-on event of the annual meeting of the steering and monitoring committee of BETIC.
The first MEDIS was held in April 2018, and the second one in April 2019. There are about 100 invited delegates from government, academia, medical community, startups, industry and investors. The key theme is medical device innovation eco-system.
Delegates discuss new opportunities, key challenges, personal experiences and best practices in medical device innovation and commercialization. Challenges faced by innovation and incubation centres are also discussed, along with possible avenues for sustaining and scaling up the activities.