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MeitY’s R&D institute SAMEER inks MoU with Siemens Healthineers for affordable MRI technology

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Monday, January 30, 2023, 13:30 Hrs  [IST]

SAMEER, India's premier R&D Institute of Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) inked a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Healthineers that will contribute towards the development of new, improved and innovative technologies for advancing healthcare and diagnostic access in India.
Now SAMEER, which is the acronym for Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research, specializes in RF Microwaves Radar and Communication Systems, E3 testing and medical electronics a strategic partnership.
Union minister of state for skill development & entrepreneurship and electronics & IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar who was present on the occasion, said it will make available low-cost MRIs as part of Hon. PM’s vision of providing quality, and affordable healthcare and diagnostic access for every Indian.
“We are also supportive of R&D model based on co-development between global companies and India’s vast network of academic institutions. The government is willing to sit with experts from the healthcare sector to chart out the curriculum for grooming the next gen talent in India,” added minister Chandrasekhar.
Speaking on the occasion, Peter Schardt, chief technology officer, Siemens Healthineers, said, "India is a strategic market for Siemens Healthineers and it plays an important role in global innovation and technology expansion to achieve the future of healthcare. The partnership will build on our focus towards fighting the most life threatening diseases to expanding access to patient care. By such collaborations we strive to make healthcare even more efficient, sustainable, and humane for everyone across the country."
Dr. P. Hanumantha Rao, director general, SAMEER, said “We have been pursuing R&D in the advanced Linear accelerators for cancer therapy and magnetic resonance imaging systems for diagnostics, a fully funded research programme by MeitY, Uion government. These initiatives will enable India’s health mission towards deploying healthcare technologies for early diagnostics and treatment to save lives across the country. Currently, SAMEER is developing Sushrut MRI: Indian MRI, said Rajesh Harsh, who is coordinating the Indian research in MRI and Industry ecosystem.
Dileep Mangsuli, development centre head, Siemens Healthineers, says, "Partnerships like these reflect our commitment to India in bringing together innovation, education, healthcare, and talent to strengthen India's healthcare infrastructure and deliver the right treatment at the right time everywhere.”


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