Scientific discoveries when made open source and easy to understand has led to remarkable moments in mankind’s history. Bill Clinton gave the green light to the U.S. military to stop intentionally scrambling satellite signals, thus paving the way for civilians to use GPS with the same accuracy as the military had long enjoyed. All of the consumer internement underway to make various elements of scientific research more open and collaborative in order to disrupt and impact mankind. May 7, witnessed history being penned as thirteen researchers from Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation chose to “Hack the Paper”.
MSMF also houses India’s first technology business incubator within a corporate hospital environment based at the Narayana Health City, Bangalore. This facility has helped nurture an innovation culture among in-house clinicians who were provided an environment to convert some of their research ideas to enterprises and being based in a hospital environment hastens the validation path. Over the last three years there have been several successful enterprises in the areas of medical devices and drug discovery that have been spun out of – Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation. Dr Aditya Chaubey, the Chief Scientific Officer said “The key framework of bringing together clinicians, researchers and technology under the hospital auspice is transforming medical science here.” A combination of providing access to hospital infrastructure and a strong research institute helps a startup leapfrog the ‘valley of death’, often described in the sector as mortality rates among enterprise ideas. Through the platform Hack the Paper, MSMF will create a series of events that help cross pollination of ideas in healthcare among researchers, clinicians, technologists, design engineers and business professionals. It is crucial for an inter-disciplinary team to convene and address some of the healthcare challenges India faces.
Dr Paul Salins, Managing Director of Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation said, “MSMF has been engaging with healthcare technology to identify the right means to reverse the equation of healthcare costs and technology, which has historically seen that any introduction of new or advanced technology increased healthcare delivery costs. India has a unique opportunity to reverse this trend and we believe by creating a cross-pollination among multiple tertiary hospitals across India. We shall be able to attract a multi-disciplinary approach as well build the right structures to promote innovation and make it easy for entrepreneurs to pass the hurdles of idea validation, clinical trials and market access.”
The winners were Swati Purighalla and Dr Sumsum Sunny, who will now become ambassadors of the showcasing their science to the non-science world in a language that makes it amenable for multiple user groups shall engage. This will hopefully set-off a movement to transform the nature of science collaboration to lead to innovations that impact patient care across India and the world. MSMF collaborated with Siemens Healthineers and Garage5B , an early stage healthcare investment fund for this for this event.