India’s healthcare landscape is poised for a revolution, powered by young talent and cutting-edge technology. Today, the “MedTech Mitra” initiative was launched, promising to nurture this potential and usher in an era of self-reliance in medical technology.
Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya envisioned MedTech Mitra as a friend and guide for aspiring innovators. This platform will support them in refining their ideas, navigating regulatory hurdles, and bringing their inventions to life. He emphasized the immense potential of India’s medical technology sector, aiming to reduce import dependence and transform the nation into a $50 billion medtech powerhouse by 2030.
Dr. Mandaviya acknowledged the rapid advancements in fields like robotics, AI, and nanotechnology, stressing their impact on the medical device landscape. This highlights the need for a dynamic and supportive ecosystem, a role MedTech Mitra is eager to play.
Prof. S.P. Singh Bhagel, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, hailed MedTech Mitra as a beacon of hope for budding entrepreneurs. He underscored the importance of indigenous, cost-effective healthcare solutions, and viewed this initiative as a catalyst for collaboration and progress within the industry.
Dr. V.K. Paul, Member (Health) at NITI Aayog, lauded MedTech Mitra for its potential to empower startups and streamline innovation. He envisions it as a key driver in achieving ease of research, development, and service delivery, ultimately contributing to a self-reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat). Dr. Paul also emphasized the initiative’s alignment with Universal Health Coverage goals, ensuring healthcare reaches every corner of the nation.
The launch ceremony saw the presence of several dignitaries, including Dr. Rajiv Bahl (Secretary, DHR & Director General, ICMR), Dr. Suchita Markan (Mission In-charge, Medical Device and Diagnostics Mission Secretariat), and Dr. Rajeev Singh Raghuvanshi (Drugs Controller General of India).
With MedTech Mitra taking center stage, India’s medical technology journey has gained a powerful ally. This initiative promises to nurture young minds, foster innovation, and ultimately rewrite the healthcare narrative of the nation.