Global biopharmaceutical major AstraZeneca and IT industry body Nasscom on Thursday joined hands to set up an accelerator programme to support Indian start-ups in healthcare.

At the India-Sweden Unnati Healthcare 2.0 day event held here, AstraZeneca and its partners, Business Sweden, Nasscom, Atal Innovation Mission-Niti Aayog and AGNIi also announced the finalists of the Unnati Healthcare Innovation Challenge.

The selected winners among the finalists will receive mentorship support from AstraZeneca, which will contribute its unique healthcare domain expertise with the aim of helping the finalists bring their solutions to market.

AstraZeneca has launched a strategic partnership with the Nasscom IoT Centre of Excellence to set up an accelerator programme to support Indian start-ups develop innovative solutions to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) care in India.

AstraZeneca PLC Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson said, “Best healthcare that can be provided and developed comes from cooperation across borders between industry, government and academia in a such way that we, with the help of technology, can provide a higher-quality service at a lower cost.”

AstraZeneca is committed to strengthening innovation in healthcare in India, he added.

Sweden’s Trade Commissioner to India Carsten Grad said, “Unnati is a model for co-innovation allowing industry, start-ups and the civil society to jointly develop solutions addressing global social needs.”

This challenge calls for collaboration to implement early and remote screening as well as efficient AI-based patient management, he added.