(L to R) Mr Manoj Unnikrishnan, general manager, MI & CT India engineering, GE Healthcare; Mr Sachin Nene plant manager & site leader, GE Healthcare; Mr Srikant Suryanarayan global product manager, value CT, GE Healthcare; Mr Kaushik Mukherjee, IAS, chief secretary, Karnataka; Dr Prathap Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals; Mr John L Flannery, president and CEO, GE Healthcare; Ms Terri Bresenham, president & CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia
The product is the result of investments worth Rs 120 crore (USD 20 million) and the collaborative efforts of about 50 GE and Indian healthcare providers for over 4 years.
Mr Kaushik Mukherjee, IAS, chief secretary, Karnataka, and Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals, were also present at the launching ceremony, along with Mr John Flannery, president and CEO, GE Healthcare, and Ms Terri Bresenham, president & CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia.
Dr Prathap stressed that the industry cannot keep importing devices. "Apart from expecting fast growth, we need to make and innovate in India at all levels," he emphasized.
Mr John Flannery spoke in terms of relevance of global healthcare systems in India. "Our sales in India are much higher than we imagined. We have products that bring incredible value to people," he commented.
The product is also expected to be launched in other markets, Mr Flannery said.