Stephanie Benoit June 16, 2016

Bangalore, one of the most technologically innovative cities in India, recently hosted a Flanders Investment and Trade mission. Our Materialise colleagues Peter Verschueren, Vick Renganathan and Arpan Saluja were there to represent the company, and they were joined by the event’s guest-of-honor, Belgian Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois.

Geert Bourgeois on innovations in medicine

Geert Bourgeois on innovations in medicine

The event started off with a session about innovation in Flanders, and how the internal structures of Materialise are supporting innovation in Medical 3D Printing around the world.

In the afternoon, the activities comprised of a VIP event for C-level attendees of Indian companies and hospitals, opened by Geert Bourgeois where he spoke about how Materialise is spurring high-tech medical innovation in India. Following that, there were three lectures presented by a leading Indian university, hospital and medical device company respectively on how they were implementing 3D Printing at their facilities. It was enlightening to learn about how diversely 3D Printing was being used in Bangalore – from driving research to innovating patient treatment and medical device design.

First of all, a representative from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore spoke to the crowd about the high international level of their 3D printing research. Then Dr. Kappanayil Mahesh from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and the Research Centre in Kochi explained how his institute was implementing 3D Printing in the medical world – the stories of his first two clinical cases and successful experiences with 3D-printed cardiovascular models for complex case planning were extremely enlightening, and his pioneering spirit is sure to inspire other Indian doctors and hospitals.

Finally, the last presentation was given by Mr. Ketan Jajal from global implant manufacturer Stryker, explaining his experience with the use of 3D Printing for implant manufacturing. Stryker expects 3D Printing in the medical sector to grow exponentially, not just for custom implants but for standard implants too. Overall, the event had a very positive outcome, with a good turnout and interesting, thoughtful presentations by high-level speakers who indicated a bright future for the future of medical 3D Printing in India.