Canada-based Unique Broadband Systems and India-based Kaynes Technology of Mysore are set to form a joint venture (JV) to co-develop and co-market high-power RF amplifiers for applications in low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The Affordable Healthcare, Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) programme category project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and India’s Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA).
Through the alliance, the countries intend to promote collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects that have high commercialisation potential.
Under the current JV project, UBS will design the RF circuitry and signal processing electronics, while Kaynes will contribute packaging and manufacturing expertise.
The high-reliability amplifiers will be used in new and legacy low-field MRI scanner installations, which could be utilised for intraoperative surgery, medical research in universities and hospitals.
Kaynes Technology senior vice-president Col Sharath Bhat said: “This joint venture will introduce a breakthrough technology in RF-based power amplification of MRI or any image processing devices.
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“It enables portability, less heat dissipation and easier cooling through normal air coolers for MRI scanners.”
Estimated to be completed in 2019, the project aims to deliver cost-effective solutions to facilitate affordable healthcare support and diagnosis in rural or remote areas.
Canada International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne said: “In this case, this remarkable initiative makes it easier for Canadian SMEs to enter the market and narrows the distance between medical expertise and equipment for the people who need it most, particularly those in rural or remote regions.”