Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ), India’s first integrated medical devices manufacturing park which is being setup in Visakhapatnam, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT) for setting up of one radiation processing facility for medical products in India using Cobalt–60 irradiation technology for large scale irradiation.
The MoU was signed by Dr Jitendar Sharma, Managing Director and CEO, AMTZ and G Ganesh, Chief Executive, BRIT.
This MoU enables manufacturers at AMTZ with access to a first of its kind, world class Gamma irradiation facility, which is being setup in a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode in India.
This facility will be available at a highly subsidised rate for all manufacturers who will be manufacturing at AMTZ. Gamma irradiation enables fast turnaround time and is highly effective because of its ability to easily penetrate package and product.
Under the MoU BRIT will help AMTZ with process technology, training to plant operators and support in establishing and standardising dosimetry.
BRIT is an independent unit of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) which provides products and services based on radiation and isotopes for applications in healthcare, agriculture, research and industry.
AMTZ would also include facilities such as electro-magnetic interference laboratory, 3D designing and printing for medical grade products, X-ray tube and radiation testing centre, rapid prototyping centre, metal molding and metal finishing centre, warehousing and regulator’s office.