A couple of years ago, India celebrated the success of its first Mars mission and I was very excited to see the smiling faces of the women staff of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) being splashed all over the media. It was a watershed moment as far as the Indian Space Program is concerned. But, … Continue reading Smart Women Pursuing Smart Science
The new fiscal year promises exciting opportunities for the Indian economy, which is scheduled to bring in a game-changing new reform in the form of the Goods & Services Tax. Expectations of wider economic reforms, new measures to improve the ease of doing business in India and higher infrastructure investments also augur well for the … Continue reading Digital India Can Propel Us to Double-Digit Growth
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2016 was a landmark year for India as demonetisation nudged the country towards an inclusive, less-cash dependant, digital future. In 2017, the government should push for the increased adoption of technology to transform the country’s public healthcare system and ensure a healthy future for all Indians. The low priority accorded to healthcare in India over … Continue reading eHealth Push Can Build a ‘Swastha Bharat’ in 2017
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 … Continue reading CRISPR: A Game Changing Technology for a More Equitable Future
Over the past month, I have been a silent spectator, witnessing a miserable drama unfold in Bangalore. This is regarding a remarkable project to safeguard an important art collection through the upkeep and modernisation of an ailing state gallery the Venkatappa Art Gallery (VAG), by turning it into a new museum for the city. These plans … Continue reading What Price Philanthropy?
When you can’t tax the rich, tax the less well-off. This is exactly what the Karnataka government did by notifying all hospitals to collect 8% luxury tax from every patient in an intensive care unit (ICU). Lying on an ICU bed fighting for one’s life is not a luxury by any stretch. But the room … Continue reading Can healthcare costs in India come down further?
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has a challenging task at hand to present a Budget for FY17 that spurs India’s growth at a time when the economic scenario appears challenging, both externally and internally. The global economy is expected to slow down further in 2016 pulled down by weakness in major emerging economies like China, Brazil … Continue reading Pharma & Biotech Sector Must Get Its Due This Budget
These are exciting times for the Life Sciences sector as it builds on its understanding of the disease at the cellular and genetic level to usher in new and differentiated therapies into the market. Furthermore, biomedical advances are likely to transform global health with early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for chronic and killer diseases like … Continue reading The Top 5 Life Sciences Developments You Should Look Out for in 2016
In today’s world, technology is playing a transformational role in enabling innovation and driving change. New ideas, new business models and new technologies are leading to the birth of the “ideas economy,” where the “innovation quotient” has emerged as the key determinant of market value. India will lose out on the opportunity to benefit from innovation-led, … Continue reading IP Creation Can Make India the Next Global Innovation Hub