First medical device park to be set up in Kerala

The Union government will soon set up one of the first medical device parks in Kerala, focusing on the high-risk medical device sector to provide full range of services for the medical devices industry like R&D support, testing, and evaluation.

MedSpark, the medical devices park envisaged as a joint initiative of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), the industrial and investment promotion agency of Kerala government is going to be established in the Life Science Park, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram.

”This medical device park will stand out with its emphasis on the high-risk medical device sector involving medical implants and extracorporeal devices, in which SCTIMST scores with its knowledge,” Ministry of Science & Technology said an official statement on Tuesday.

The Medical Devices Park will create an enabling support system for R&D, testing and evaluation of medical devices, manufacturing support, technology innovation, and knowledge dissemination, all of which are the full range of services that the medical devices industry seeks.

”These services can be utilized by the medical device industries located within the MedSpark as well from other parts of India. This will benefit small and medium-sized medical devices industries, which dominate the medical devices sector,” it added.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala, will lay the foundation stone for Medical Devices Park on Thursday, Septmber 24th, 2020.

“Sree Chitra has made substantial contributions to the biomedical devices sector over the last 30 or more years and has established itself as a pioneer in this field. This is a milestone for biomedical devices industry in the country and is fully aligned with the Prime Minister’s Vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, said Dr. VK Saraswat, NITI Aayog Member and the President of SCTIMST. ANI

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