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India’s first ‘Medical Cobotics Centre’ at IIIT Delhi to boost innovation in health

New Delhi, September 24, 2023 – In a groundbreaking collaboration between iHub Anubhuti-IIITD Foundation and iHub Foundation for Cobotics, India’s inaugural Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC) was unveiled on the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, IIT Delhi campus. This state-of-the-art facility, funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, heralds a new era in healthcare innovation, offering cutting-edge medical simulation and training for a wide spectrum of professionals, from doctors to biomedical researchers.

Key Highlights:

  • MCC aims to provide technology-driven medical simulation and training for various healthcare professionals.
  • The Centre’s programs, from basic to advanced, will be designed in consultation with leading doctors and experts, primarily from AIIMS.
  • MCC will serve as a test bed for healthcare start-ups developing innovations in medical technology, including digital healthcare, AR/VR, AI, cobotics, robotics, and cognitive sciences.
  • MCC’s first Call for Proposals offers funding up to Rs 1 crore for digital healthcare and medical healthcare innovations.

Notable Quotes:

  • Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Secretary, SERB and Senior Advisor, DST, GOI: “This inauguration marks a unique convergence of engineers and doctors, symbolizing the deep collaboration within this MCC and the importance of simulation in testing various medical technologies.”
  • Dr. Ekta Kapoor, Scientist F at Govt. of India: “This groundbreaking initiative promises to usher in a new era of medical innovations and technology advancements.”
  • Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Director of IIT Delhi: “We look forward to our Innovation Hub in Cobotics creating new cobotics-based interventions and innovations for affordable healthcare.”
  • Prof. Ranjan Bose, Director, IIIT Delhi: “This Centre would strive to develop smart solutions to improve the quality of patient care, augment operational efficiencies and create safer work environments for our healthcare practitioners.”

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