The recently concluded Medicall 2018 Expo in Chennai was a revelation of sorts for us. For the first time, we witnessed a medical device expo of this scale in India. With over 750 exhibitors from 20+ countries spread over 5 large halls, we were mesmerized by the sheer size and variety of the expo. Whilst we had witnessed larger expos in China, Dubai etc, this was the first such experience in India. We spent some quality time talking to potential partners and suppliers.
But the expo was in a way bonus for us. We went to Medicall 2018 as we were one of the shortlisted startups for the coveted Medicall 2018 Made in India Innovation Awards. We had to pitch to a stellar Jury panel comprising of Prof.Rajendra Pratap Gupta, Dr. V I Mathan, former Director of CMC Vellore, Dr. Sujatha Srinivas of IIT Madras, Prof N S Dinesh of IISC and C A Ravikumar of BioVedas. The pitch involved some intense and pointed questioning by the jury panel. Winners were announced during the awards ceremony the same day evening. The award was handed over to us by Prof Rajendra Pratap Gupta, advisor to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India.
This award is coveted for us as it was decided after some intense scrutiny by a stellar panel of judges.