IIT Guwahati signs MoU with Karkinos Healthcare

Under the agreement, a Centre of Advanced Research on Diagnostics in Cancer (C-CARD), a first of its kind in the nation with an IIT, will be set up at IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karkinos Healthcare Private Limited (KHPL) for research collaboration on Cancer Diagnostics. The MoU was signed between Prof TG Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati and R Venkataramanan, Chief Executive Officer, Karkinos Healthcare.

Under the agreement, a Centre of Advanced Research on Diagnostics in Cancer (C-CARD), a first of its kind in the nation with an IIT, will be set up at IIT Guwahati. The centre will be equipped and operated by KHPL at the IIT Guwahati premises for its establishment. The primary aim of this centre is to work on research related to advanced and affordable diagnostics solutions for non-communicable diseases, primarily Cancer for patients from across the nation.

Speaking during the MoU signing event Sitharam said, “IIT Guwahati aspires to strengthen its Research & Development arsenal and there is no better way to highlight the same in establishing C-CARD by KHPL, in the heart of our institute. In near future, we envision extending this Centre of Excellence with the activities of Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute – the upcoming multi-speciality hospital at IIT Guwahati to inculcate next-generation scientific and technological innovations in the area of healthcare.”

The MoU signing was a part of the 29th Foundation Day celebration of IIT Guwahati in which both the signing authorities will collaborate on initiatives including:

Ø A large-scale OncoDiagnostic services in conjunction with Assam Cancer Care Hospitals across the state to prepare a comprehensive cancer atlas for North-East
Ø Establishment of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) facilities to identify the India-specific hereditary origin of this giant killer
Ø Capability development on high-end data analytics using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques
Ø High-quality informatics for research and development through comprehensive genomic landscape identification
Ø Capacity development through academic collaboration on clinical excellence
Ø Partnerships with biotech and pharma majors

As a part of this initiative, in future, IIT Guwahati and KHPL will also collaborate on research projects related to molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, therapeutics, bioinformatics, data science, entrepreneurship development and other multi-disciplinary and translational areas.

Venkataramanan said, “Assam has made giant strides in Cancer care under the visionary leadership of Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. Karkinos is pleased to further these efforts and partner with IIT Guwahati in bringing cutting-edge cancer diagnostics and advanced research to the people of North East. We see this as the first phase of a long and wide-ranging partnership that will redefine cancer care in the region and beyond.”

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