AKU applies for US patent

AKU applies for US patent​

August 29, 2013

Carrying on in the tradition of firsts, the University on August 21, 2013 submitted its first application for a patent in the US. A team led by Dr Camer Vellani, including: Mr. Mohammad Yusuf, currently Manager Healthcare Informatics, Department of Radiology, formerly Manager Infrastructure, Information Systems Department; Dr. Sadia Mahmud, a biostatistician and physicist, formerly Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences; and engineers of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The application was assisted crucially by TKN volunteers.

Dr. Vellani is Distinguished University Professor based in the Department of Medicine; formerly he was the University’s first Pakistani Rector. The new  device, called vector-cardio-graphic-signal analyzer (VCG signal analyzer), was developed over several years, supported by a research grant from the University.

The device is intended to offer a simpler, less costly, portable alternative for assessing limitation of blood flow to regions of the heart during exercise usually provided by myocardial perfusion scans that track the distribution of radionuclide tracers during and after exercise.

Emphasising the purpose of research, a hallmark of AKU,, in his announcement to the University President Firoz Rasul said, “As we look to develop an intellectual property portfolio, this US patent application is a first step in this important endeavour and look forward to AKU faculty and staff filing more.”

The report of a validation study is expected in the summer of 2014.




Rida Turabi
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