TI funds Indian research on healthcare

10 Apr 2008

Texas Instruments (TI) is partnering with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur to develop medical technologies including wireless healthcare systems.

TI will be investing in IIT research projects that aim to lay the foundation for a new generation of cancer diagnostics systems and health care monitoring.

Last September, TI announced that it would invest $15 million to fund medical technology research at selected universities worldwide, with a focus on quality, accessibility and affordability.

TI's goal in supporting this research is to help develop new semiconductor technologies for personal medical devices, implantables, medical imaging, wireless healthcare systems and bio-sensor technology.

'In India alone, about 800,000 patients undergo coronary bypass surgery every year; one in every 12 women develops breast cancer," said Dr. Biswadip Mitra, TI managing director in India.

Research projects will be undertaken by students holding degrees with specializations in image processing, neural networks and pattern recognition, digital signal processor-based embedded system design, and MEMS-based bio-sensors.

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