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Guwahati, September 2 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Karkinos Healthcare Private Limited (KHPL) for cancer diagnostics research collaboration in the North East.

As part of the agreement with the Mumbai-registered health technology company, a Cancer Diagnostics Advanced Research Center (C-CARD), a first of its kind with an IIT, will be set up at the IIT-G, a statement from the institute said Friday.

The center will be equipped and operated by KHPL on the premises of the institute for its establishment.

Its main objective will be to work on research related to advanced and affordable diagnostic solutions for non-communicable diseases, primarily cancer for patients across the country.

“IIT Guwahati aspires to strengthen its research and development arsenal and there is no better way to highlight this by establishing C-CARD by KHPL, at the heart of our institute,” said the Director of IIT-G , TG Sitharam, during the MoU signing ceremony. .

“In the near future, we plan to expand this center of excellence with the activities of the Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute – the upcoming multi-specialty hospital of IIT Guwahati to inculcate the next generation science and technology innovations in the field of health care,” says Sitharam.

The signing of the MoU was part of the celebration of the 29th founding day of IIT-Guwahati on Thursday.

Among the initiatives to be undertaken under the agreement are large-scale onco-diagnostic services in collaboration with Assam Cancer Care hospitals in the state to prepare a comprehensive cancer atlas for the North East and the implementation in place of next generation sequencing (NGS) and whole genome sequencing. (WGS) to identify the India-specific hereditary origin of this giant killer.

Other initiatives include building capacity on high-end data analytics using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques; high-quality informatics for research and development through comprehensive identification of the genomic landscape; capacity building through academic collaboration on clinical excellence and partnerships with biotechnology and pharmaceutical majors.

Under this initiative, in the near future, IIT Guwahati and KHPL will also collaborate on research projects related to molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, therapeutics, bioinformatics, data science, entrepreneurship development and other multidisciplinary projects. and translation zones.

“Assam has made leaps and bounds in cancer care and Karkinos is pleased to continue these efforts and partner with IIT-G to bring cutting-edge cancer diagnostics and advanced research to people in the North. -East. We see this as the first phase of a long and far-reaching partnership that will redefine cancer care in the region and beyond,” said R. Venkataramanan, Chief Executive Officer of KHPL.