The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS) of Canada will be the implementing agencies of this programme. The DBT IC-IMPACTS partnership has been designed to strengthen existing, and stimulate new, innovation collaborations between researchers working in India and Canada and to stimulate entrepreneurial deployment of research outcomes into community contexts.
The main objectives of this partnership between DBT and IC-IMPACTS are to showcase Canadian and Indian research and industrial innovation to each nation and accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technologies; to develop innovation and knowledge transfer skills through the training of graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students participating in research projects and through extended skill development activities focused on research excellence, entrepreneurial training, and knowledge transfer and commercialisation expertise, thus producing the next generation of research innovators who have the essential skills to move research discoveries from laboratories into the community; and to strengthen overall research and innovation relationships between Canada and India and through these partnerships extend Canadian and Indian innovation leadership.
The DBT’s initiative in this regard is of great importance as there is a need for portable assays which bring the high quality diagnostics associated with a central lab to the patient. This DBTIC-IMPACTS joint research programme will focus on automated assays which can multiplex tests for a range of diseases into a simple portable test. Tests should be based on easily collected sample types such as a finger stick of blood, saliva or urine.
This programme will particularly support technologies, which can lead to miniature, portable, and cartridge based diagnostics and analysers using bodily fluids such as blood, saliva or urine. In particular portable, field deployable devices and technologies which can perform a complete blood count; differentiate between viral and bacterial infection; provide portable detection system for dengue, HIV, hepatitis, malaria and TB; aid in the detection of systemic disease; monitor the nutritional state of a patient (vitamin D, ferritin etc); require low sample volume for application in infant health care; bring together multiple disciplines for innovative results.