C-CAMP & Aster Hospitals, Bangalore sign MoU to set up C-CAMP-Aster Clinical Innovation Hub

The initiative will boost clinical participation in biomedical tech developments

Bengaluru/New Delhi: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms or C-CAMP has joined hands with Aster Hospitals Bangalore, a unit of Aster DM Healthcare, a chain of multi-specialty and superspeciality hospitals in India, to kick off a joint innovation development program, C-CAMP Aster Clinical Innovation Hub.
The agreement was signed recently Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO & Director, C-CAMP and Dr. Shugota Chakrabarti, Chief of Medical Services, Aster Hospitals, Bangalore.
The MoU envisages a bridge between clinicians, healthcare practitioners and innovators for joint ideation and problem solving through product development, validation, mentorship, and capacity building. The agreement has identified the following areas of cooperation: Antimicrobial Resistance for greater exchange on key topics such as Infection Prevention and Control, Stewardship etc, clinical validation of emerging technologies for improved problem identification and solution, clinical and medical mentorship for C-CAMP start-ups and SMEs and knowledge building through joint scientific programs. Of these, AMR is a priority although the MoU is open to other areas of mutual interest.
Dr. Saiyed said, “This is the first such clinician-to-innovator linkage we have created, and we believe this will open a wealth of opportunities for our start-up community to innovate towards real healthcare challenges faced by doctors & healthcare practitioners on the ground. The Hub will begin its efforts by addressing the impending threat of Antimicrobial Resistance through a multi-stakeholder approach. The healthcare system is a valuable stakeholder in the combat and C-CAMP Aster Clinical Innovation Hub is a platform that brings them to the table.”
Commenting on this collaboration, Dr. Shugota said “The agreement is the first steppingstone towards building collaborations between clinical experts and innovators. Clinicians and entrepreneurs have much to gain from each other and the C-CAMP Aster Clinical Innovation Hub will be an ideal starting point for a much wider and longer engagement at the organizational and ecosystem level.”
C-CAMP is supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and is one of the cluster organizations of Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSC). Its mandate is to enable cutting-edge life science research and innovation and promote life science entrepreneurship. C-CAMP has directly funded, incubated, and mentored over 325 start-ups in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, and environment over the last few years. It is also connected to about 2000 startups and entrepreneurs across the country.
Aster Hospitals Bangalore, a cluster of three hospitals, under the aegis of Aster DM Healthcare, are specialising in rendering high-end medical services to their patients. They are a part of an elaborate chain of multispecialty and superspecialty hospitals in India and GCC and are one of the top super-specialty hospitals in Bangalore with contemporary state-of-the-art facilities accommodating close to 800 beds in Bangalore, offering the entire spectrum of care from comprehensive primary care to high-end quaternary care services.