Bengaluru: India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre virtually announced the winners of the Innovation Challenge, which aimed to identify and support innovative solutions that can impact the treatment of non-communicable and communicable diseases and help regress critical problems in the healthcare delivery landscape of India. These winning solutions were announced through a web conference by Hon’ble Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Representatives from the 14 winning start-ups were also present at the inaugural event to exchange their vision to improve the country’s healthcare ecosystem.
The innovation challenge included a rigorous evaluation process by a panel of experts from AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, ICMR, The Swedish Trade Commissioners office to India, AstraZeneca, AIM, C-CAMP, and other partners. This committee had shortlisted 14 compelling solutions, including that of Dr. Aakash Kohli, Aarogya AI innovations, Adiuvo Diagnostics, Dr. Amit Goyal, Dr. Bharat Choudhary, Biofi Medical-Healthcare India, Blackfrog Technologies, Dozee (Turtle Shell Technologies), Dr. Gautam Ram Choudhary, Janitri Innovations, Jeevtronics, Qritive, Qure.ai Technologies, and ThermaiScan Technology AB.
The India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre is a collaboration between the Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS Delhi), and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur (AIIMS Jodhpur). It is designed to enable and implement the shared vision of developing innovative solutions aiming to solve various healthcare problems in the country. As a part of the initiative, the start-ups and partner organizations will work towards the shared vision of propelling and integrating innovative healthcare solutions into the ecosystem to bring about progress in how healthcare is delivered or managed currently.
The winning start-ups will now work with the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre platform, which will enable faster scale-up by providing them access to cross-country mentorship, guidance on funding, and ability to ideate with the like-minded innovator, access to state-of-the-art incubation center located within AIIMS Jodhpur campus, their lab facilities and beyond. Onboarded start-ups can also avail the incubation facility at NASSCOM, Bengaluru. The challenge focused on innovative solutions in 8 challenge areas, including Digital Tools/Platforms – Med-Tech, Tele-Medicine, and Artificial Intelligence backed solutions to support new ways of working to improve healthcare systems’ efficiencies as they manage the pandemic.