Trivandrum: A novel reproductive health device, a coated Copper T Intra Uterine Device (IUD), has won the capital city based HLL Lifecare Ltd. (HLL) this year’s National Award for Technology Innovation in the healthcare sector.
HLL, a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, was selected for the prestigious award, instituted by the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC) and now in its fourth edition, under the Academics and R&D Institution category of Polymers in Public Healthcare. The award consists of a shield, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.
Dr. M Ayyappan, Chairman & Managing Director of HLL, received the award from Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Nihalchand Meghwal in the presence of Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar at a function organised by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) in New Delhi recently.
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a highly effective and convenient method of contraception. IUDs are small devices made of flexible plastic that contain copper or a natural hormone, progestin. The objective of the HLL project was to control the initial bulk release of copper ions from the copper IUD following its insertion into the uterus, which sometimes causes increased menstrual bleeding.
The device has been developed by Dr. Abi Santhosh Aprem, Senior Scientist, and his team at HLL’s Corporate Research and Development Centre (CRDC). Dr. Abi had proposed and successfully demonstrated the idea to address the issue under the Global Health Challenge programme of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and received a grant to develop the coated Copper T.
The DCPC, Government of India set up the National Award for Technology Innovation to recognise meritorious innovations and inventions in various fields of polymers, with participation of Individual/Team, Industry, Academic and R&D Institutions. Its purpose is to develop value added and quality petrochemical products at globally competitive prices using eco-friendly processes and technologies in line with the National Policy on Petrochemicals, 2007.
For the 4th National Awards, 313 nominations were received and evaluated by a committee of experts consisting of academicians, industry professionals and scientists from R&D institutions; and 17 winners were selected.
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