Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CSIR ink MoU to promote health research

New Delhi: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the development, conduct and promotion of health research in India.
Both the organsiations will work together to identify opportunities to initiate scientific and technological collaborations, and focus on developing and testing new preventions, therapies and interventions that can help to solve major health concerns that affect India and other developing countries, Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement on Friday.
‘The MoU will help accelerate the R&D and implementation of innovations in the coming years that are not only relevant to India but to the world,’ said Dr Shekhar C Mande, DG-CSIR.
As per the MoU, areas of research collaboration would include genetic diseases that impact infant and neonatal mortality; new diagnostics and devices for infectious disease and environmental surveillance; development of cost-effective processes for drug, vaccines, biologics, and diagnostics manufacturing; novel microbiome-directed foods; socio-economic impact of science and technological tools; and other areas of health and development.
The MoU was signed by Hari Menon, Director, India Country Office on behalf of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dr G N Dayananda, Head, Technology Management Directorate – Industry Interface, CSIR