Biomedical implants industry holds partnership meet at Visakhapatnam

The meet was held in the premises of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) in Visakhapatnam and had an august gathering of experts representing the biomaterial segment of medical technology

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Visakhapatnam: The Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) hosted a day long partnership meet with key stakeholders of the medical implants industry to explore solutions to promote indigenous innovation in the critical health technologies. The meet was held in the premises of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) in Visakhapatnam and had an august gathering of experts representing the biomaterial segment of medical technology.

The meet was organised as part of the initiative of KIHT to promote healthcare innovation needs of the country, and the focus of the meet was on Biological implantable Materials, their sourcing, manufacturing and clinical applicability in the Indian healthcare context. Biomedical implants are products which are induced into human body for addressing malfunctions and these are critical technologies which have direct interface with the living system, and hence mandates intense knowledge on design, applicability, compatibility with living systems, non-contamination attribute, anti-microbial sterilization needs etc  

Stakeholders, representing biomaterial implants represented by various reputed institutions like IITs, NITs, IISc, VIT, MSME manufacturers, large scale manufacturers like Tata Steel New Materials Business, policy facilitation units like KIHT and AMTZ etc participated in the daylong session. The meet presented a forum for active discussion on biomaterial implants innovations across the country including detailed perspectives of biological materials, and the need to promote more indigenous innovation in the country which could lead to reduction in India’s import dependency.

KIHT and AMTZ being the forebearers of the medtech sector, both these organisations took up the mandate to facilitate the requisite academic research projects needed to support manufacturing in timebound frame and bring together stakeholders to create the first ever platform for end-to-end biomaterials product realization.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendar Sharma, Managing Director AMTZ, called for more closer cooperation among academic and industry in the biomaterials sector to address India’s concerns on import dependency in implantable materials.