Medical equipment and devices is one of the fastest growing sectors hampered by being ‘import dependent’, informs Kalyana Raman, General Manager, Marketing, CURA Healthcare Private Limited in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN)
Brief us about CURA Healthcare’s R&D activities in the Imaging solution domain.
CURA aims to inspire,care and save lives by making medical technology accessible to tier II and III cities. It acquired a medical equipment company Tuscano in 2015. Tuscano has been into design, development and innovation of medical equipment and software for imaging diagnostics, critical care and kidney care. The company is one among the few Indian R&D labs which is certified by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) . CURA has received patents including design patent for digital radiography systems. The R&D team has designed and developed solutions in nonradiation thermal radiography for breast cancer detection, MAMRIT which has so far done 3000 patient clinical trials successfully. DSIR has accepted the innovation and has allowed grant to scale the same. Other innovations include fluid or air delivery devices for emergency care, imaging diagnostics and critical care, dialysis reprocessor etc. The R&D is focusing to bring customised, ‘Make in India’ solutions in imaging diagnostics, critical care and renal care space.
MRI is getting boost in the country. How are you contributing in providing MRI equipment services?
CURA deals with pre-owned MRI and is one of the few Indian companies which have installed 3 Tesla MRI in the country. MRI actually improves clinical outcome for patients. We bridge the demand-supply gap by offering end to end service support to bring down life cycle cost. CURA’s strength is in its reach and service support.
How do you rate the level of expertise of Indian radiologists and how helpful your digital radiology equipments are for them?
Indian radiologists are recognised and ranked as one of the topmost specialists in the international arena of imaging diagnostics. We try to work on co-creation basis, taking inputs from clinicians and work to provide customised solutions which will meet the unmet needs.
What are your contribution and plans towards Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative?
Medical equipment and devices is an important segment of Indian healthcare ecosystem. It is one of the fastest growing sectors but is hampered by being ‘import dependent’ challenge. To address this, CURA has been working relentlessly on creating indigenous medical equipment ecosystem. In its 50,000 sq manufacturing facility in Chennai, it manufactures patented digital radiography systems and critical care devices. The facility is ISO 13485 certified for quality management systems and the products are CE certified.
What are your expansion plans, especially to penetrate tier II and III cities?
CURA acquired DE Healthcare to foray into 4D ultrasound and Color Doppler business, market estimated at around `1000 crore. We launched eZono4000, ultrasound for needle guidance and pain management and VINNO, an affordable Luxury in 4D Ultrasound Color Doppler segment. It also acquired concept integration for manufacturing critical care devices and Tuscano Medical equipments which is into research, design and development of medical devices.