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Innovate UK mission to India on AMR diagnostics

By March 13, 2024May 7th, 2024No Comments

Innovate UK are leading a mission to India to better understand how diagnostics can aid the fight against AMR. Members can apply to join the mission.

Innovate UK will fund and organise flights, accommodation, and any conference fees for successful applicants. Innovate UK will also pay for any reasonable adjustments throughout the initiative. Only one representative from each company will be funded.

Why India? India has recognised the importance of AMR, and the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has established three technical bodies: The Intersectoral Coordination Committee, Technical Advisory Group, and Core Working Group to develop a National Action Plan on AMR (NAP-AMR).

The NAP-AMR, largely modelled on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) – global action plan on AMR, highlights the crucial need to prevent the development of new resistant organisms, limiting their transmission and further spread as an international issue.

The 5-year NAP-AMR (2017–2021) was intended as a pivotal blueprint for states to develop their own state action plans to tackle AMR. However, only three states out of 28 (0.84% of the country) have established state action plans, namely Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi.

The strategic implementation began in early 2017, determining six strategic fields of activity and objectives that recognise cooperation between different areas, ensuring each one’s integrity — a One Health approach. Consequently, there is a significant AMR Ecosystem within India.

The GBIP will include a visit to both Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka and Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana.

These two cities stand out as technology hubs with advanced healthcare infrastructure and a thriving innovation ecosystem. C Camp Bangalore is such an example which operates an initiative supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, wherein a team of UK and Indian researchers are working together to tackle the rising prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the environment.

Leveraging the expertise, resources and collaborative networks in these two cities may significantly impact AMR mitigation efforts nationwide and globally.

Find out how this visit can help your business grow.

Application form can be found here.

Application deadline: 10th April 2024
Pre-visit briefing: 8-9th May 2024
Innovation visit: 22nd June – 29th June 2024
Post-Exploitation workshop: 20th August 2024