Themed, ‘The New Clinical Research Environment in India: Implications and Opportunities’, the event was graced by eminent guests from the industry including, Padmashree Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, Chairman, Task Force for Research, Apollo Hospitals Group and Ms Anu Acharya, CEO, mapmygenome.in, who were also the keynote speakers.
The program chairs were held by Mr Shoibal Mukherjee, VP, CMO (India) & Head Asia Medical Sciences Group, Quintiles, and Mr Sairamkumar J, Sr VP & Global Delivery Head, Cognizant Life Sciences. The guest of honor, Mr M Madan Gopal, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Karnataka, Health and Family Welfare Department, addressed the gathering based on its theme.
Mr Madan Gopal said, “We are struggling very much in infant & mother mortality and public healthcare issues. Healthcare will play a significant role in combating it. Research in the basic sciences is on the decline in the country. We need to focus on basic science research which is the foundation for the healthcare industry.” He felt that basic sciences no longer attract people as it requires commitment and passion.
“However, in countries like US and Europe, a lot of focus is given to basic sciences, which lays the foundation for science and technological developments,” he added.
Mr Gopal also expressed that India is grappling with healthcare issues in the areas of affordability, accessibility and quality.