Prof. Sai Siva Gorthi
Topic: PoC (Proof-of-Concept) to PoCD (Point-of-Care Diagnostics): Lessons Learnt from our Journey in Translating Ideas to Clinical Products.
Sai Siva Gorthi is serving as Gore Subraya Bhat Chair in Digital Health at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics at IISc. Prior to joining IISc, he was a post-doctoral fellow of Rowland Institute at Harvard University (2011-2012), where he had developed multiple imaging modalities for recording information of fast flowing cells in microfluidic devices. He obtained his doctorate in Optical Metrology from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010. Currently at IISc, his group is focusing on the development of various Point-of-Care Diagnostic Platform Technologies (Biochemical, Cytology, Molecular and Immuno- Diagnostics) with the combination of Optics, Microfluidics and Electronics. His research interests include Optofluidics, In-vitro Diagnostics, Computational Imaging and Optical Metrology. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and filed over 25 patent applications. Under the Faculty Entrepreneurship Programme of IISc, he founded Shanmukha Innovations Pvt. Ltd. in 2016. Few technologies that have come out of the lab include: MITR Labs (Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting), Portable PCR System for Molecular Diagnostics, PoCD Test for Sickle-Cell Disease and Trait, Optofluidic Microscope for Cytology, Handheld Analyte Detection Technologies for Environmental Health Monitoring. Dr. Sai is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as INSA Young Scientist Medal, INAE Young Engineer Award, DBT's IYBA (Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award). As a PI, currently he is establishing the Regional Resource Center of HTAIn (Health Technology Assessment in India) at IISc. In addition to serving in many TECs (technical expert committee) of DST, DBT, and BIRAC, he has been serving as Hon. Gen. Secretary of Instrument Society of India (ISOI) for the past 5 years.