Organization Name:
Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies, Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Initiative/ Project Description:

Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) is a global network of academic, corporate and implementation partners based at Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Global Health. CAMTech's mission is to build entrepreneurial capacity and accelerate medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). CAMTech's approach enables co-creation where innovators across public health, engineering, and business engage with LMIC end-users to develop disruptive and life-saving medical technologies. CAMTech supports technologies that are technologically innovative, have the potential for widespread public health impact and show promise for commercial viability in LMIC markets. CAMTech operates in USA, India and Uganda. For more information on CAMTech, visit www.mghcgh.org/camtech.

CAMTech empowers innovators globally to address unsolved health challenges of the world’s most vulnerable populations. CAMTech’s core methodology is to identify clinical challenges, source promising innovations and develop game-changing innovations. We do this through identifying the most pressing clinical challenges in LMICs through Clinical Summits, and sourcing innovation and technologies that tackle clinical challenges through Medical Technology Hack-a-thons and Innovation Awards. Lastly, we develop the most promising technologies while building local entrepreneurial capacity and medtech innovation ecosystem through Co-Creation Labs and the Accelerator Program. Our long-term vision is to drive private investment funds to global health technology entrepreneurs commercializing medical technologies for LMICs.

Watch this video to learn more about the CAMTech initiative (particularly in India): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_4vPjTgYQ0 

 

Sample Press & Media Coverage:

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/medical-technology-hackathons-are-saving-lives-we-need-more/ 

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-07-17/a-medical-technology-hackathon-for-indias-poor

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/14/innovators-mass-general-brainstorm-ways-improve-global-fight-against-ebola/GuTcTiZLKCEMeuL34vzxbK/story.html 

Social Results:

All of CAMTech's work focuses on building local entreprepreneurial capacity around medtech innovation and enabling and accelerating affordable medical technology innovation. The goal of the CAMTech program is improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). CAMTech categorizes its social impact into people, innovations and infrastructure improvements in LMICs as stated below:

PEOPLE & NETWORK 

  • Empowered 1450+ Innovators across India, Uganda and USA through CAMTech Hack-a-thons 
  • Convened over 300 organizations through Hack-a-thons and Clinical Summits
  • Expanded formal partnerships in India with 10 local organizations

INNOVATIONS

  • Spurred 170+ technology innovations through CAMTech Hack-a-thons
  • Sourced 350+ innovations from 350 countries through the CAMTech Innovation Awards
  • Funded and accelerated 12 disruptive, innovative technologies

INFRASTRUCTURE & RESOURCES

  • Launched and scaled the CAMTech India and Uganda programs
  • Launched Co-Creation Lab in Africa to enable local medtech innovation
  • Partnered with two Medtech Accelerators to provide business mentorship
Business Results:

CAMTECH has successfully engaged corporations and foundations in driving affordable medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in India, Uganda and USA. Companies including General Electric, Novartis Foundation, AB InBev, Covidien and Medtronic have supported CAMTech's open innovation platform to drive medical technology innovation by contributing  funding and ongoing mentorship. 

Key business results are as follows:

  • Raised over $9 million in funding through private philanthrophy, foundations and corporations to support medical technology innovation to improve health in low- and middle-income countries
  • Mobilized resources and support from 14 private sector companies to support affordable medtech innovation
  • Provided social impact opportunities that allign with corporate/strategic goals of private sector companies