How we made sutures WiSe

About author

Dr Viveka has been recognised as one of the top100 Women in Technology in Singapore in 2021. As an Innovator and Technopreneur, she developed and commercialised patient-centric DeepTech medical devices with emphasis on FemTech. She focuses holistically on the R&D, clinical & regulatory pathways and commercialisation of MedTech.

Interview

How would you explain your research outcomes to the non-scientific community?

We have developed a wireless sensing (WiSe) platform technology that monitors surgical site complications that may take place in the body after surgery. This device helps detect post-operative complications and communicate the patient’s condition in a real-time manner to the clinicians and caregivers to treat the patient promptly.

How do these findings contribute to your research area?

I’m a firm believer in translational research. I believe that clinically relevant translation is the key to mental and physical wellbeing of humanity. WiSe sutures are perfect example of translational research, where we are trying to address an unmet clinical need with a huge market potential.

What was the exciting moment during your research?

There are two exciting and enlightening moments in my WiSe journey. As I have mentioned in my ‘behind the paper blog’ for Nature.

What do you hope to do next?

I was immersively involved in the translation of WiSe sutures, making me a ‘WiSer’ innovator and technopreneur. As the lead of the Technology Development and Commercialization in Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging, A*STAR, I spearheaded the translation of biophotonic technologies with FemTech use-cases. I hope I can expand my research and eventually become a scientist who also indulges in DeepTech expertise.

Where do you seek scientific inspiration from?

I’m a believer in translational research, with a focus on MedTech and FemTech use cases. My parents are doctors, and that probably might be my inspiration to pursue clinically relevant translational research. I like to emphasize FemTech use cases because, as a woman, I believe in empowering women through my innovations.

How do you intend to help Indian science improve?

I am also running The Edify Project, which allows me to mentor Indian students who would like to pursue their careers in STEM through these initiatives. My programmes have a special focus on bringing more Indian girls, women, early career women, women who had a break after marriage or pregnancy to pursue STEM and other fields and become impact makers in their chosen fields. their chosen fields.

Reference

1. Kalidasan, V., Yang, X., Xiong, Z. et al. Wirelessly operated bioelectronic sutures for the monitoring of deep surgical wounds. Nat Biomed Eng 5, 1217–1227 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41551-021-00802-0

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