Cryogenic solutions company INOX India Limited (INOXCVA) has secured a deal with the Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) to develop technology for the design and manufacture of superconducting magnet systems.
To be used in clinical, industrial, defence and research applications, superconducting magnet systems are often employed in MRI instruments in hospitals and in scientific equipment such as NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, fusion reactors and particle accelerators.
Signifying a ‘new era’ of industry-academia application, the MOU is part of collaborative effort to increase India’s presence in the manufacturing of superconducting magnet-based systems.
At the signing event, Deep Acharya, CEO of INOXCVA emphasised the need to focus on Indian-made technology.
“In the current times, all superconducting magnet systems, including MRI are imported. Going forward, due to this collaboration with IUAC, the technology can now be indigenously developed, and such complex systems can be manufactured in India,” he said.
On 5th February 2024, the Government of India gazette created the Anusandhan National Research Fund to strengthen the industry-academia collaboration.
“This event signifies India’s commitment to usher in an era where India becomes a major manufacturing hub towards its journey to the third largest economy in the world,” said A.C. Pandey, Director at the IUAC – an autonomous institute under the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Education, and Government of India.
In September 2022 India became just the sixth nation in the world to indigenously manufacture an MRI magnet system.
The system was developed by the IUAC and supports the Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives.
MRI machines use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.
INOXCVA produced India’s first zero-boil-off 4K helium cryostat for a whole-body 1.5T superconducting MRI magnet system at the company’s Vadodara site in Gujarat.
Speaking at the time, Siddharth Jain, Director at INOXCVA, said, “We are delighted to be a part of the process which made India only the sixth nation in the world to manufacture MRI magnet systems.”
“This groundbreaking achievement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to revolutionising the healthcare sector in India with cutting-edge solutions.”