Dr A P J Kalam, former President and internationally acclaimed scientist, today said he is quite sure that nano robots would be used for drug delivery in the coming days with the advancement in nano-technology, microelectronics in medicine, electronics and material science.
Dr Kalam, popularly known as the Missile Man of India, said a nano robot when injected into a patient will diagnose and deliver treatment exclusively in the affected body parts and get digested as it is a DNA-based product.
"When nano-technology and ICT meet, integrated silicon electronics and photonics are born, and it can be said that material convergence will happen. With material convergence and biotechnology linked, a new science called 'Intelligent Bioscience' will be born which will lead to a disease-free happy and more intelligent human habitat with longevity and high human capabilities. Convergence of bio-nano-info technologies can lead to the development of nano robots," the former President of India said, adding that he had seen a product sample in one of the laboratories in South Korea.
The joy of giving
Dr Kalam said his AGNI missile friends have developed a Floor Reaction Orthosis (FRO) caliper of 400 gm for polio affected children. "Earlier, a FRO weighing 4 kg was fitted to a child who could not run or ride a bicycle due to its weight. With our light weight device, students can run, ride a bicycle and do all sorts of things which they had been denied for a long time. The removal of the pain and the freedom attain by children gave me a state of bliss, which I never experienced during any other achievement in my life," he revealed.
Importance of research
Dr Kalam said teachers' love for research and their experience are vital for the growth of a university which is judged by the level and extent of the research work it accomplishes.
He pointed out that experience of research and quality teaching imparted to youths in turn enriches research.
"Science is linked to technology through applications. Technology is linked to economy and environmental through the manufacturer of knowledge products. Economy and environment are linked to technology which promotes prosperity to society. We have to use innovation to generate high value added products for becoming a global player," he maintained.
'Evolve indigenous drugs'
Dr Kalam said that pharma industry and pharmacists should evolve drugs based on traditional Indian plants and herbs to combat many of the prevalent diseases around the world.
Elaborating Pharma Vision 2020, he said we should target at increasing the turnover of our pharma industry to over 100 billion dollar by 2020.
The turnover of global production of pharmaceutical (branded and generic together) is around 773 billion dollar today, while India has its turnover around 17 billion dollar.
'40 pc of US generic drug sourced from India'