Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) Collaborates with University of Wollongong (UOW) to set up 3D Bioprinting Lab

Above: AMTZ & University of Wollongong signed MoU to set up 3D BioPrinting lab at AMTZ, in the presence of Australian trade & invest commissionImage Credir: University of Wollongong (UOW)

Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ), a governmental enterprise to promote medical device manufacturing in India, has collaborated with the University of Wollongong (UOW) to use its 3D bioprinting techniques and set up a 3D bioprinting lab. As part of the collaboration, UOW’s development of a scan and printing package to produce 3D printed ears will be deployed in India and Australia.

The MoU was signed on 10th of September in the presence of University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE; Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace; UOW’s Global Brand Ambassador, Adam Gilchrist, AM; and Dr Jitendar Sharma, Managing Director & CEO of Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) and Advisor (Health) to Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr Sharma is known as the ‘Med Tech Man of India’ in policy forums.

Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ)

Above: AMTZ Administrative Office/Image Credit: AMTZ

Medical device manufacturing sector has remained nascent, leading to tremendous import dependency. Lack of domestic manufacturing of medical devices is the main reasons for this import dependency and high cost of medical products and services in the country.

To address this situation, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh established India’s first Medical Zone at Andhra Pradesh Medical Technology Zone (AMTZ) in Vishakhapatnam. The goal of this progressive initiative would be to make Andhra Pradesh an internationally recognized manufacturing hub for medical devices, help in national agenda of import substitution, make Andhra Pradesh a leader in medical technology exports, generate employment, and contribute to volume generated cost reduction of medical devices for patients.

University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wellings said, “The MoU would provide avenues for further collaboration in research, teaching and manufacturing between UOW and AMTZ. As a research-intensive university with internationally renowned expertise in this field, UOW is very proud to be part of this exciting new precinct that will put India on the global map of high end medical equipment production and make health care products more affordable and accessible in India but across the world.”

Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace, who was named NSW Scientist of the Year in 2017, is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of electromaterials science, particularly for his innovative use of nanotechnology in conjunction with organic conductors to create new materials for energy conversion and storage, as well as medical bionics.

Other members of the visiting delegation include representatives from Austrade and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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