2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

2018 has been a happening year for healthcare in India. Developments such as the launch of the government’s flagship universal healthcare program, Ayushman Bharat; the insurance regulator's direction to insurers to cover mental illness; the heightened focus on public screening of non-communicable diseases, all  point to the fact that healthcare is starting to get the [...]

REALISING THE GAME CHANGING POTENTIAL OF NHPS

REALISING THE GAME CHANGING POTENTIAL OF NHPS

The NDA government’s announcement of a health insurance scheme covering 500 million poor and needy Indians is indeed laudable. An estimated 75 million Indians are driven to bankruptcy and poverty each year because they have to pay over 60% of hospitalisation costs out of their own pockets. Given the dismal healthcare scenario, the NHPS can [...]

2017 – A Landmark Year for Indian Science

2017 – A Landmark Year for Indian Science

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD,  Biocon 2017 has been an exciting year for science in India. From unheralded incremental innovations to Big Bang headline-grabbing global feats, Indian scientists have done some very important work to push the frontiers of science during the year. India researchers made significant contributions to R&D across a broad spectrum of [...]

Budget Expands Ambit of Clean India

Budget Expands Ambit of Clean India

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has presented a Budget that boasts of several firsts. It is the first time that the railway and general budgets have been merged and planned and non-planned expenditure classification done away with. I believe the Finance Minister has laid out a very safe budget this year operating with fiscal prudence and [...]

CRISPR: A Game Changing Technology for a More Equitable Future

CRISPR: A Game Changing Technology for a More Equitable Future

2016 was a landmark year for the biotechnology industry as it was for the first time that the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique was used in humans. With more human trials involving CRISPR-Cas9 scheduled to be conducted, I believe 2017 will be the year when the technology’s potential to treat human diseases could receive strong clinical [...]

Transforming India into a digital society that is less cash dependent

Transforming India into a digital society that is less cash dependent

As the debate on the pains and gains of India’s move to demonetize high-value currency notes continues to rage, I firmly believe that the digital payments economy is an idea whose time has come. History shows us how money as a ‘medium of exchange’ has evolved over several millennia from cowry shells to gold and [...]