ISLAMABAD: The Medical Devices Development Centre (MDDC) headed by Dr Murtaza Najabat Ali at NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering took a step for the production of cardiac stents.

MDDC is being funded by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) for the production of cardiac stents and angioplasty balloon catheters. Now NUST - MDDC can produce both  types of the cardiac stents including bare-metal and drug-eluted stents.

In addition to all this NUST – MDDC also endeavoring to create industry - academic linkage in the medical device field, which unfortunately has been non-existent in Pakistan.

At NUST - MDDC we intend to do a lot more things like serial production and commercialization of both products to meet requirement of cost effective and affordable angioplasty kits for the general public at affordable rates. Approximately 450 units of the indigenously developed savior (bare-metal) stents have been successfully implanted in patients till date at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) and Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) at almost one sixth the price of imported stents available in the market.

In Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Department at NUST – SMME, we have elaborate labs and a pool of striving researchers. We need to harness this resource to develop new devices, medical implants and most importantly the industrial systems, which we have to import at exorbitant cost.