Hyderabad: IT Minister, KT Rama Rao on Wednesday inaugurated the Poornima and Ramam Atmakuri Technology Centre at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI)’s Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care (GPR ICARE), Kismatpur. The new facility will focus on innovation to develop products in the field of ophthalmology.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the contribution of founder chair of LVPEI, Dr GN Rao. “Dr Rao could have simply stayed in USA after his education but chose to come back and establish the institute in Hyderabad. Today, 80 per cent of medical devices are imported in India. The medical devices park at Sultanpur has taken off very well and there are more than 28 companies which took land and are in advanced stage of completing their project,” he said.
He requested LVPEI to get all the companies in the medical devices park to manufacture medical devices for ophthalmology. “The LVPEI can play a sheet anchor role and bring them all together,” he said.
Ramam Atmakuri, executive vice-chair, LVPEI, said “Our engineering team here is going to bring out some unique and great products from this centre”.
Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Director, Centre for Technology Innovation at LVPEI said the eye care centre has been constantly trying to reduce dependency on imported surgical tools, spare parts and machines.
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