INDIA is one of the fastest growing health care markets in the world. The current estimate of health care device market is about $1billion with a projected growth rate of 18%. Realizing this huge potential, Indian industry as well as academecia has started showing keen interest in biomaterials and medical devices research. As a result, establishments like National Laboratories, Indian Institutes of Technology and other leading Universities have started research as well as teaching programs. Many of the establishments work in close association with the industry also. As an outcome of this, apart from the ongoing research activities, indigenously developed implants and devices like artificial heart valve, hydrocephalus shunt, blood oxygenator etc. are also available in the Indian market.
The society was founded in 1986 as a non-profit professional organization and was registered under the Travancore-Cochin Act XII of 1955 (act for registration of literary, scientific, and charitable societies) with the name Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs - India, (SBAOI). SBAOI is a member of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE) since 2003.
The primary objective of SBAOI is to cultivate an ecosystem nationwide for the growth of fundamental and technology-oriented research in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs. Another mandate is to serve as platform for the stakeholders, like clinicians, industry professionals, together with researchers from academia and national labs. This, we believe, can accelerate translational research in the emerging field of significant societal relevance.
The Society is administered by its office bearers consisting of the President, two Vice Presidents, the General Secretary, Treasurer and members of the executive committee, elected during the general body meeting of the society.
National conferences are organized by the Society from time to time, with the financial assistance mainly from the various departments of the Government of India such as Department of Science & Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) and other private agencies. In addition to the delegates from all over India, these conferences have been attended by delegates from countries like USA, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdon, Canada, China, Malasia, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan etc.
Society publishes an international journalTrends in Biomaterials & Artificial Organs edited by Dr. Chanrda P. Sharma & Dr. Harikrishna Varma, and also proceedings of the National Conferences. National Informatics Centre, New Delhi index the journal.
The Society recognised Dr. Chandra P. Sharma with a
distinguished Scientist award (1991) and the award subsequently is known as Chandra
P. Sharma Award. Society acknowledges the distinguished scientists working
in the area of Biomaterials and Artificial Organs time to time with Chandra
P. Sharma Award. The award winners have been Prof. P.K. Bajpai (1992)
Prof. Basu, the current President, introduced SBAOI Distinguished Scientist Award, which would be the second highest award in the Society. This award will recognize the outstanding global contributions made by a Biomaterials Scientist, who has made significant contributions to the area of Biomaterials Science and Bioengineering for Human Healthcare. Nominations are invited from the candidates, who have made internationally-recognized contributions, while working in academia, industry, or government-funded national laboratory, based in India. The award winner will present an award lecture at the SBAOI Annual Conference. The award will consist of a cash prize, citation certificate, and complimentary registration at SBAOI annual meeting. This was discussed in last AGM during SBAOI virtual conference in Coimbatore, and after due discussions in this EC meeting, the executive committee approved the institution of this award.
MAHE Young Scientist Award has been constituted for the best paper presented by a scientist/academic faculty during the conference and the Bajpai-Saha Student Award is for the best student paper presentation. Society also give Best Poster awards during the national conferences.
SBAOI is one of the largest biomaterials societies globally, with more than 950 members, including Life Members (Indian and Foreign), Awardee Members, Honorary Members, and Organizational Members. The active researchers from diverse academic domains (Chemistry, Materials Science, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Mechanical engineering, polymer technology, chemical engineering, etc.), clinicians, and industry professionals form a vibrant platform at SBAOI. Currently, the society has foreign members from the USA, South Korea, UK, Nepal, etc. Honorary Membership is conferred only on rare and exceptionally distinguished biomaterials scientists. Society has only two Honorary members, Prof. Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and Late Prof. Willem J. Kolff (1911-2009) of the University of Utah (USA).