Developing Affordable Biomedical Materials in Pakistan

A World Class Medical Research Centre in Pakistan

The Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), was established by UK academic Professor Ihtesham Rehman, in 2008 in COMSATS University Lahore.  In Pakistan, hundreds of people require biomedical materials products everyday, however, such items are generally extremely expensive imports.  Consequently, the majority of Pakistanis receive poor quality or dangerous substitutes for implants. 

The Concept: "From Laboratory to the Patient"

For over a decade, Prof Ihtesham's team has been developing home grown biomedical materials products in Pakistan that even the poorest in society would be able to afford. This includes low cost bone and body tissue replacements, wound healing patches (burns victims) and dental materials.  Much of the research is now entering the commercialisation phase.

Professor Ihtesham Rehman (UPSIGN Deputy Chair)

Lancaster University UK


IRCBM research is supported through grants but in order to fully develop manufaturing cababilities, it requires charitable or additional investment or funds.  Please get in contact with UPSIGN below if you want to donate or support them directly.


What are Biomedical Materials? 

The lack of biomaterials came into focus after the Earthquake in 2005 that killed 87,000 people and displaced 3.5 million:

Over a decade later...

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