Diabetes Clinical Summit: An Ecosystem Approach at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was organized by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) in Hyderabad.
This day-long event made up of a series of panel discussions featuring a diverse group of stakeholders, including patients, physicians, nurses, ASHA workers, government and industry representatives, and public health experts focused on tackling pressing clinical health challenges and barriers to diabetes care in India, according to a CAMTech statement.
"As the diabetes capital of the world, CAMTech wanted to direct our innovation efforts to India. Through the clinical summit, we can identify the clinical challenges influencing this epidemic and use the hack-a-thon as a vehicle to mobilize a talented network of innovators from all over the country to create solutions that will improve and save lives in India," said Elizabeth Bailey, Director at CAMTech.
Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, founder and chair at LVPEI and an ophthalmology expert, delivered the keynote address at the event. The day concluded with the CAMTech Technology Showcase, an interactive presentation of early-stage and newly-marketed diabetes focused technologies.
In addition, Marico Innovation Foundation (MIF) has partnered with Villgro, a social enterprise incubator, to help incubate the winning ideas after the Hack-a-thon by launching new ventures. Through hands on mentor-ship and funding, MIF and Villgro will help teams convert their prototypes into viable, low-cost innovative solutions, it said.
"MIF is keen to support the Diabetes Hack-a-thon, as it is the ideal source of the next generation of disruptive innovations that have the potential to be game changers for the bottom of the pyramid in India," said MIF founder Harsh Mariwala.
"By providing them with mentoring opportunities and direct funding, both of which are critical to successful incubation, MIF aims to play a catalytic role in fostering innovation to develop scalable and replicable solutions that have the potential to create sustainable direct impact," he said.
CAMTech would host the Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon in Hyderabad on October 10-11 in partnership with Lattice Innovations and with support from MIF, Terumo and Medtronic. RS NRB