This state-of-the-art center was established in 2007 as a center of excellence under the national “Mission Reach” program, to develop knowledge and expertise in the field of biomedical science and engineering, and thereafter, to effectively utilize that knowledge in building low-cost electronic and mechanical biomedical devices and sensors. Several devices such as a low-cost insulin pump, X-ray digitizer, skull implants, etc. have already been developed and many more (such as, MEMS-based insulin pump) are in the pipeline.
The center is also focused on development and fabrication of a variety of biosensors (including immunosensors) for the qualitative and quantitative determination of biomolecules such as glucose, cholesterol, creatinine, HbA1C, vitamins, and DNA. The sensors are developed using nanomaterials and are nonenzymatic, and hence exhibit very high sensitivity, selectivity, and storage stability.
Other work includes the fabrication of a lab-on-a-chip (LOC) for cancer and for the analysis of glucose, cholesterol, and creatinine in body fluids. The center is ideally equipped to meet these objectives through facilities such as the Machining Center, Electrochemistry Lab, Electronics Lab, Plastics Machinery, and a Measurement Lab. The center also houses a Class 10,000 cleanroomwith a Class 100 device-assembly area.
The biomedical lab focuses on the Development of Low cost Biomedical Devices and Diagnostics for the management of Diabetes & Identification of Natural Product Lead molecules as Potential Modulators and Elucidation of Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Impaired Wound Healing in Diabetes.
The center has two research facilities: Biomedical Engineering & Cell Biology Labs at Amritapuri campus and Amrita Biomedical Engineering Lab at Coimbatore campus where these novel research endeavors are furthered.