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MedTech Mitra

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • MedTech Mitra was recently launched virtually by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers.

Key Features

  • A dedicated web platform aimed at fostering the development of affordable and accessible indigenous medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics.
  • Designed to provide strategic handholding support to MedTech innovators, offering assistance in assessing clinical viability, regulatory facilitation, and adopting new products.
  • MedTech Mitra will address innovators’ queries and provide personalized guidance through consultation with regulatory bodies and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinated collaboratively by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under the guidance of NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission.

Significance

  • Aims to enable the indigenous development of cost-effective and high-quality MedTech devices and diagnostics, thereby reducing the current import dependence in the MedTech sector, which stands at around 80%.
  • Facilitates innovation and research and development (R&D) activities, especially for emerging startups in the field of medical technology.
  • Aligns with the larger goal of promoting self-reliance and innovation in the healthcare sector, contributing to the country’s overall technological and healthcare capabilities.

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