4th International Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Industry held in Bengaluru

The 4th edition of the International Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Industry – India Pharma and India Medical Device 2019 was organized in Bengaluru from 18-19 February 2019. The event focused on enabling affordable quality healthcare from the lens of universal health coverage and was organized by the Department of Pharmaceuticals and Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Speaking on the occasion Mr D V Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Statistics and Programme Implementation said, “While India continues to maintain leadership position in manufacturing and supply of high quality generic medicines, the government’s focus is to improve access to affordable healthcare for all and contribute to the largest government-funded healthcare programme in the world, Ayushman Bharat.”

Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India in his address said that, “Making medicines and health technology accessible and affordable is a key WHO priority, in India and globally. To maintain continued access to affordable medicines and health products, it is necessary to augment the capacity of the generic Indian pharmaceutical enterprises to meet the quality, safety and efficacy standards at national and global levels.”

The 2-day conference saw representation of drug regulators from over 30 countries including Russia, Kenya, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan and from 15 states across India. The global investment community connected with stakeholders from the pharma sector, central and state governments, academia and experts in India for a meaningful knowledge exchange and leveraging global innovation for the growth of the Indian pharma industry. Among the key highlights of the conference were the pharma CEOs’ roundtable, the international regulators meet and workshop by WHO, and the release of a knowledge paper titled Evolution to revolution: by use of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics in Pharma.

Among the dignitaries present at the conference were Mr Mansukh L Mandaviya, Minister of State (Chemical & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping); Mr K J George, Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka; Mr Shivananda S Patil, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka; Mr Jai Priye Prakash, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Mr Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General — FICCI.