The path to commercialisation
“We have a spin-off company called PA Imaging BV in which three of my colleagues and I have financial involvement. This company is the vehicle responsible for engineering the new PAM 2.0 device into a version that can be commercialised,” says Dr Manohar.
He explains that while they publish all their scientific work, they protect intellectual property in the form of patents.
Interest levels in India
Asked about the response in India to this technology, Dr Manohar says that he is working with two groups in IISc on image reconstruction. However, from the hardware point of view, there is still no concrete collaboration with any group or party.
“There is mutual interest with a group in Coimbatore that has developed a DAQ for ultrasound imaging. We will have to follow this up in the future,” he says, adding that he is open to collaborate with others on areas like ultrasound detection, fast and low-noise DAQs and stable, compact, analogue front-ends.
Readers might be interested in knowing that he is also willing to advise on development for indigenous requirements, and he could also help by testing the most promising of these systems at The Netherlands or in India.