For a long time, Indians have displayed a spirit of innovation and demonstrated an ability to find creative solutions to emerging challenges. Young researchers and scientists need to harness this innately creative and innovative mindset and the desire to do good, to find solutions to India’s pressing healthcare problems.
Pfizer has partnered with IIT-Delhi to create a Pfizer IIT Delhi Innovation and IP Program to foster the development of cutting-edge innovations that solve real-life healthcare challenges faced by patients or healthcare professionals. Through this Program, we support incubation and IP filing of start-ups with promising ideas that can truly add value to healthcare delivery in the country. This incubation accelerator initiative is in line with the government’s priority of ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ and is a great example of the merits of academia and industry collaboration.
Since its inception in 2015-16, the program has supported 34 innovators through full-time incubations and provided support for IP filings.