India-Japan Collaboration For Novel Medical Technologies

All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Osaka University in India and Japan respectively have signed an agreement to co-develop novel and affordable medical devices.

AsianScientist (Oct. 24, 2014) – India’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Osaka University, Japan, will work together to develop affordable medical devices. The initiative was announced in a joint press release by the political leaders of the two countries, Prime Minister Shinjo Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, during the latter’s trip to Japan in September.

Per the Memorandum of Understanding signed between AIIMS and Osaka University, both institutions will seek to develop innovative and low-cast medical technologies, including surgial instruments, which will contribute to the provision of universal healthcare. The collaboration will first focus on the development of equipment for minimal access surgery, but is expected to expand to other surgical fields in the future.

The majority of surgical instruments used in India are currently imported. The new project is expected to help the country adopt new medical device technologies for manufacture within India itself, falling in line with Mr. Modi’s “Make In India” initiative, in addition to reducing healthcare costs.

The project will see an exchange of trained medical and research personnel between the two nations in the form of study trips, during which doctors and scientists will aim to analyze current clinical needs and the best ways in which they can collaborate to develop new medical technologies.

“The project has been designed to encourage mutual cooperation, exchange visits, technology update, capacity building and transfer of technical know-how,” said Japanese Ambassador to India Mr. Takeshi Yagi.

“Innovations are very important in the medical field of medical sciences, especially when the nations in the world are hell-bent to bring the cost of health care down,” said Dr. Mahesh Misra, director AIIMs.

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