Proteus to welcome Professor Satadal Saha

27/09/2018
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Proteus is pleased to host a seminar by Professor Satadal Saha (School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur) entitled: “The paradox of our age: ‘More medicines, but less healthiness’ (His holiness the Dalai Lama)”

When: Tuesday 9th October

Location: Wellcome Auditorium, Queens Medical Research Institute

Time: 4 – 5 pm

There will be a chance to talk to Professor Saha after the seminar over drinks in the Fyffe room.

Biography:

Satadal is a Professor at School of Medical Science & Technology at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India and the Project Director for its Medical College and Super-speciality Hospital. He obtained Masters in Surgery from Calcutta Medical College and trained further for fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; he is a practising General Surgeon with special interest in Laparoscopic and Colo-rectal surgery.

On his return to India in late 90’s, he and his team built four low-cost speciality hospitals in different districts of West Bengal, his home state. The hospitals catered to predominantly rural population with affordable super-speciality services in a financially profitable manner.

He served International Finance Corporation (of World Bank Group) for two years in India as ‘Industry Expert’, focusing on ‘Improvement of operational efficiency of hospitals in Tier II/III towns in North-east India’. He also worked as ‘Chief India Advisor’ for two major healthcare-focussed private equity funds developing investment theses & impact analysis models for ‘profit with purpose’ investments across the entire value-chain of mass market healthcare in India and South Asia.

On the hypothesis that focussing on ‘disease management’ at hospitals is like trying to straighten a dog’s tail, he exited hospitals and founded ‘JSV Innovations Pvt. Ltd.’ in 2011; a social impact enterprise aimed at ‘Transforming health’ through a combination of training of rural youth, innovation of technologies and developing a micro-business model; that would result in better primary care, health education and public health research enshrined in Deep-science Biology.

His organisation has formed multiple partnerships with knowledge & technology leaders across the world bound through a ‘shared goal’, created small success stories as evidence; but is in relentless pursuit of the holy grail – ‘better care at lower cost for more people’.

He is our story-teller today; reliving the journey over last 9 years – the learnings, the failures, the despair, philosophical shifts and the values imbibed from partnerships. But at the end of it all, he thinks there will be a strong foundation on which the edifice of ‘Caring for people’ will be built. He knows he can’t build it himself; that is why he has come to us today stretching his own and seeking from us a hand of partnership.

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