UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


IHE Colloquium Series: 'Nurturing a Frugal Mindset in Research'

08 October 2018, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Prof Prashant Jha

To launch the colloquium series, Prof Prashant Jha will present the keynote lecture. This lecture follows a week-long workshop in frugal innovation.

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UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


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To launch the Institute of Healthcare Engineering’s colloquium series, Prof Prashant Jha will present the keynote lecture, ‘Nurturing a Frugal Mindset in Research’.  The lecture will follow a week-long workshop delivered by Prof Jha, ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Frugal Innovation’.

Prof Prashant Jha is Director of the pioneering Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Programme at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

He is a life-long frugal innovator and will share his expertise in developing innovative medical technologies using simple, affordable and efficient methods.

The SIB programme is world renowned for its phenomenal success in training the next generation of frugal health-tech leaders. It has produced innovations ranging from an affordable fetal monitoring device that aims to reduce stillbirths to a splint made of low-cost cardboard that allows the temporary protection of injured limbs. 

About the Speaker

Prof Prashant Jha

Director at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Prashant Jha is a physician-engineer-inventor-entrepreneur who trained in family medicine, bioengineering, product design, computer science, strategy and innovation management from Prince of Wales Medical College, Royal College of General Practitioners London, IIT Kanpur, AIIMS Delhi, Stanford University and Harvard University.

Over the last decade, he has invented medical devices in the areas of stress urinary incontinence, haemorrhoid surgery, labour monitoring, pulmonary medicine and diabetes management.
He is a serial entrepreneur and has set up venture-backed businesses in the domains of vaccine delivery, personalised oncology, internet services, education technology and medical devices over the last fifteen years.

Currently, Prof Jha serves as the Fellowship Director of Biodesign School at AIIMS and IIT Delhi. Besides practising general medicine, he trains physicians, designers and engineers in the art and science of inventing medical technologies. He has teaching appointments at several Medical, Engineering and Business Schools in Japan, Australia and Europe – with whom he works to create an ecosystem for developing low-cost, high-impact medical devices for the common person. He also serves as the Senior Editor in South Asia for The BMJ and Founder-Editor for BMJ Innovations, world’s first medical innovations journal. He is driven by mission 1010 - an endeavour to touch 10 million lives through health innovations in the next 10 years.