Om Beniwal, a 32-year old contractual lab assistant from Udaipur has invented a ‘blood component expresser’ machine that can separate blood components separately. This invention can have wide ranging impact by minimising the tendency of blood transfusion reactions.
This machine will probably replace the usual process to separate red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), platelets and plasma from a donated blood. It is not possible to separate RBC and WBC with existing indigenous machines.
While machine developed by Om will cost Rs 3 Lakh, similar machines imported from Germany and UK cost around Rs 25 Lakh to Rs 30 Lakh.
Beniwal had been receiving technical and financial assistance since 2014 from incubation cell at Udaipur set up by state higher education department along with DST.
State Higher education minister said that machine will bring transformational change in blood transfusion. He has asked health department of Rajasthan to review the machine and consider it for health centres across Rajasthan.