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Kerala is housing one of the first medical device parks in the country, focusing on the high-risk medical device sector to provide a full range of services for the medical devices industry like R&D support, testing, and evaluation.

•    The SreeChitraTirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) is along with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is establishing a medical devices manufacturing facility at the Life Science Park, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram.
•    The facility named ‘MedSpark’ seeks to create a support system for research and development and testing and evaluation of medical devices.
•    It will also provide manufacturing support for the medical devices industry and a technology business incubation centre for promoting startups and early stage companies.
•    It would be the first medical park established in India.

    The medical device park will stand out with its emphasis on the high-risk medical device sector involving medical implants and extracorporeal devices, in which SCTIMST scores with its knowledge.
    The Medical Devices Park will create an enabling support system for R&D, testing and evaluation of medical devices, manufacturing support, technology innovation, and knowledge dissemination, all of which are the full range of services that the medical devices industry seeks.
    These services can be utilized by the medical device industries located within the MedSpark as well from other parts of India. This will benefit small and medium-sized medical devices industries, which dominate the medical devices sector.
    The park is being established under the Technical Research Centre for Biomedical devices program of the Department of Science and Technology.
    MedSpark can leverage the existing advantage of the Kerala State in the high-risk medical device manufacture and develop it into the most sought after destination for setting up medical device industry in India.
    Currently, Kerala has a number of medical device companies with an annual turnover in excess of Rs. 750 crores, most of them operating with technologies transferred from SCTIMST.

MedSpark will offer
    A Medical Device Testing & Evaluation Centre accredited to international agencies.
    An R&D Resource Centre for facilitating R&D in medical device domain, the services of which would be shared by the entities within the Park.
    A centralised Knowledge Centre for skill up-gradation with facilities for conducting training and providing support on regulatory issues, clinical trials, etc.
    A Technology Business Incubation Centre for promoting start-ups and early-stage companies.
    A set of Modular Manufacturing Units for lease by the industries coming to the park or land modules for setting up manufacturing units.
    The business model for the MedSpark is self-sustaining in which its operational expenses will be generated from its revenue streams. Funding from the state and central governments (both Kerala State and Central) through various schemes will meet the capital expenditure and deficit in income against expenses during the initial stages.
    It is expected that the project would provide direct employment to 1200 people. Besides, employment generation up to 4000 – 5000 jobs through the supporting industries like OEM suppliers, service providers, and marketing/post marketing support activities.