The South Indian state of Kerala will soon house one of the
first medical device parks in the country, 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), Govt. of India, and the Kerala State Industrial Development
Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), the industrial and investment promotion agency of the
Government of Kerala, is going to be established in the Life Science Park,
The 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.
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.
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. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the
foundation stone for the park September 24.
“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 Honorable Prime
Minister’s Vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat”,
said Dr V K Saraswat, NITI Aayog Member and the President of SCTIMST.
“The aspect that will distinguish this Medical Device Park
from the few other similar projects proposed in the country is that it will
focus on the high-risk medical device sector involving medical implants and
extracorporeal devices, the domain in which SCTIMST has considerable expertise
and experience,” Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, pointed out.
“The park is being established under the Technical Research
Centre for Biomedical devices program of the DST, through a knowledge
partnership with KSIDC, Government of Kerala, tapping the ecosystem that exists
in the city with several research and academic institutions and health care
centers. It was possible with the support of various departments of the Central
Government and Niti Aayog,” said Dr Asha Kishore, Director, SCTIMST.
MedSpark can leverage the existing advantage of Kerala in the high-risk medical device manufacture and develop it into the most sought after destination for setting up medical device industry in India. Currently the state has a number of medical device companies with an annual turnover in excess of Rs. 750 crores, most of them operating with technologies transferred from SCTIMST.