US ambassador visits NGS laboratory in India

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U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti reported via X (@USAmbIndia) his visit to a next-generation sequencing (NGS) lab at the North Goa District Hospital in Mapusa, India last week. “The United States and India are partnering to strengthen lab systems and disease detection, which enhances global health security and demonstrates models for global application.”

The Biden White House has called the U.S.-India trade and investment partnership “an engine for global growth, with bilateral trade exceeding $191 billion in 2022, nearly doubling from 2014,” according to a June 2023 statement.

In September 2023, leaders from India and the U.S. “welcomed efforts to develop an ambitious ‘Innovation Handshake’ agenda under the India-U.S. Commercial Dialogue, to include two anchor events in the fall (one in India and one in the United States), in which our two sides will collaborate to bring together start-ups, private equity and venture capital firms, corporate investment departments, and government officials to forge connections between the two countries’ innovation ecosystems.”

There is growing bilateral cooperation in cancer research, prevention, control, and management, where leaders said they looked forward to the launch of the India-U.S. Cancer Dialogue in November 2023, according to the joint statement in September. “This dialogue will focus on advancing knowledge in cancer genomics, developing new diagnostics and therapeutics to enhance and strengthen cancer care including for underserved urban and rural communities. The leaders also highlighted the upcoming U.S.-India Health Dialogue, “underscoring their joint commitment to strengthening and facilitating scientific, regulatory, and health cooperation between our two nations.”

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