In an effort to promote manufacturing of medical devices, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) and the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) have joined hands.
With this motive, the Vizag-Chandigarh innovation corridor was launched on Monday at Visakhapatnam and Chandigarh. The virtual corridor was started in a gala event in the presence of many eminent dignitaries.
The event was jointly organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)- Centre for Policy Research at the Panjab University, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, NITI Aayog and AMTZ.
This virtual corridor was launched by Professor Vinod K Paul, Member NITI Aayog, in the presence of Andrew Ayre, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, Prof Sir William Wakeham, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, Arun K Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Professor Rupinder Tewari, Punjab University, Mr. Anil Jauhri, CEO, QCI – NABCB, and Scientist from reputed organisations like SCTIMST, CMC Vellore, NIB New Delhi, CRIKC institutions and Medical Device manufactures.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr Jitendar Sharma, a leading medical technology expert in the country, highlighted the need of collaboration between research institutions and manufacturing industry. This virtual corridor will benefit both industries and research institutions.
The industries can use the facilities like pre-clinical studies at research institutions while the research institutions get benefit from AMTZ by using the common scientific facilities for manufacturing combine with expertise from Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT), the think tank for Research and development in MedTech, which can contribute by health technology policy.
This unique association of the two scientific hubs would pave way for future endeavours in integrative problem solving in MedTech science.
Prof Paul highlighted the relevancy of encouraging health-tech innovations and underlined the need for indigenous manufacturing of biomedical devices so that our dependency on import can be addressed. He stated that the country needs to invest heavily in allied research.
AMTZ is cluster of 250 manufacturing units which spread over 270 acres which includes common scientific facilities like Electro-Magnetic Interference Testing, Biomaterials Testing, Gamma Irradiation, Rapid Prototyping Centre, etc., In this campus the other facilitating institutions like Incubation Center, Indian Biomedical Skill Consortium, WHO Pre-qualification cell, Directorate of Radiation and Medical Devices Promotion Council.
In CRIKC cluster institutions include Punjab University, IISER Mohali, NITTR Chandigarh, C-DAC Mohali, IMTECH, CSIO, CIAB, NABI, SAE, TRRL and other CSIR and DRDO laboratories.