The three-day intensive Bootcamp brought together 50 engineers, product designers, entrepreneurs and clinicians to help turn their innovations into commercially viable, marketready, medical products.
The event in Bengaluru opened with keynote speeches from Dr. Renu Swarup, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Managing Director of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); and Dr. V M Vamadeva, Director, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka. Dr. Swarup stressed on the need for more events like the Bootcamp to accommodate the growing cadre of health innovators across India, and Dr. Vamadeva talked about the importance of innovation in driving down maternal and newborn mortality rates, and cited work in Karnataka.
In January 2015, CAMTech and InnAccel hosted the 2015 CAMTech INDIA Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Bengaluru, India. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bacca Foundation and Omdiyar Network, CAMTech INDIA is a public-private partnership committed to drive medical technology innovation to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in India.
The event opened with an inaugural address from Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Management Director at Apollo Hospitals, and a keynote speech from Dr. Vinod Paul, Professor and Head of theDept. of Pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. From there, participants heard from clinical, technology and business experts during a series of panel discussions. They also took part in several interactive workshops, including an Innovation Sandbox workshop, which allowed each entrepreneur to present his or her technology to an expert panel and receive feedback on specific challenges they face in moving their technology forward.