Strengthening relationship with India's Department of Biotechnology will
address health and development challenges through innovation
TORONTO, Canada, and NEW DELHI, India, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Grand
Challenges Canada and the Government of India signed a Programme of
Cooperation (POC) in research and innovation today, formalizing Grand
Challenges Canada's existing relationship with India's Department of
The Government of India, through its Department of Biotechnology, is
committed to taking an active role in addressing the health and
nutritional security needs of its population. This new Programme of
Cooperation will help to serve this goal and to alleviate some of the
world's most critical global health and development issues.
Grand Challenges Canada and the Department of Biotechnology will jointly
promote the development of long-term cooperation in the fields of
global health, early child development, women and children's health,
and mental health between Canada and India. To date, Grand Challenges
Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has funded 64
innovations in India, for a total investment of $13.8 million CAD. This
POC agreement will help bring these seed investments to scale and will
promote their use for health in the developing world.
The newly announced POC was officially signed on February 24, 2014,
during a State visit to India by His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, from February 22 to March
The POC will operate under the umbrella of the existing Agreement for
Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Canada and India,
aimed at fostering greater science and technology collaboration.
"Canada and India have a vibrant relationship in science, technology
and innovation, which can foster both friendship and trade between our
two nations," says Stewart Beck, Canadian High Commissioner to India.
"Indian and Canadian innovators are a wellspring of bold ideas with big
impact that can save and improve lives around the world," says Dr.
Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.
"We are honoured to work with our Indian colleagues to turn up the tap
on this flow of innovation."
"This agreement will herald a new era of cooperation in innovation and
global health between Canada and India," says Dr. K. VijayRaghavan,
Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
"Collaborating with Grand Challenges Canada will help to scale
innovative solutions that save and improve lives."
The Programme will also strengthen and intensify the collaboration with
Grand Challenges India. This initiative was developed earlier between
the Department of Biotechnology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
to foster Indian innovation, as well as global cooperation to address
health and development challenges.
For more information, visit www.grandchallenges.ca.
About Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big
Impact™ in global health. We are funded by the Government of Canada
through the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Federal
Budget. We fund innovators in low- and middle-income countries and
Canada. Grand Challenges Canada works with the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), and other global health foundations and organizations
to find sustainable, long-term solutions through Integrated Innovation
− bold ideas that integrate science, technology, social and business
innovation. Grand Challenges Canada is hosted at the Sandra Rotman
SOURCE: Grand Challenges Canada
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