AstraZeneca, NASSCOM join hands to fight NCDs

AstraZeneca, NASSCOM join hands to fight NCDs

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca partnered with IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to expedite its healthcare programme for people suffering with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension or thyroid disorders.

At the UNNATI healthcare 2.0 day, the company and its partners, Business Sweden, Nasscom, Atal Innovation Mission-Niti Aayog and AGNIi, here on Thursday announced the finalists of the Unnati Healthcare Innovation Challenge.

Unnati Healthcare Innovation Challenge was launched in November 2018 and is based on the spirit of India Sweden Joint Declaration on Innovation Partnership for Sustainable Future to create on-the-ground collaboration through user-case driven innovation challenges.

The innovation challenge aims to accelerate innovative technologies that can provide affordable and accessible solutions for early screening and management of NCDs such as remote screening methods, point of care diagnostics and digital solutions that enable efficient data capture.

Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca PLC said, “As a science-led organisation, AstraZeneca is committed to strengthen innovation in healthcare in India. We are pleased to collaborate with the government, startup ecosystem and industry partners to achieve the shared vision of making meaningful interventions in improving the lives of patients impacted by Non-Communicable diseases in India.”

AstraZeneca also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nasscom- Centre of Excellence, Internet of Things (IoT) for a Health Tech Start-up Accelerator Programme and Incubation Centre in Bengaluru.

Nasscom – CoE IoT was launched as part of Government of India’s Digital India Initiative to help the country achieve a leadership role in the convergent areas of hardware and software.Under this partnership, selected startups will have access to hardware innovation labs, development resources and mentors from NASSCOM and AstraZeneca who will guide them in this endeavor.

Trade Commissioner of Sweden to India Carsten Grönblad said “UNNATI is a model for co-innovation allowing industry, startups and the civil society to jointly develop solutions addressing global social needs. This challenge calls for collaboration to implement early- and remote screening as well as efficient, AI-based patient management." (UNI)