As we near the end of an eventful 2016 and expectantly get ready to welcome a promising 2017, I delightfully gather my thoughts for this December 2016 edition of Oviya MedSafe’s newsletter, with hearty New Year wishes from Team Oviya MedSafe for a Happy & Prosperous 2017!
Being an organization that passionately practices our chosen profession of Pharmacovigilance, Oviya MedSafe has always been proactive in sharing our knowledge with students and aspiring professionals. In fact, empowering more people, especially those in our immediate environment, to develop their expertise in Pharmacovigilance has been an intrinsic trait of Oviya MedSafe which I see as being directly related to our undaunted commitment to promoting the science of Drug Safety for the cause of Patient Safety.
Oviya MedSafe’s interactions with academic institutions began as early as the founding of the organization in 2012. The journey, which started with my guest lectures at several colleges and universities offering courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Life Sciences, moved on to the stage wherein we organized one-day workshops for students and young professionals. Such workshops held at Coimbatore in 2013 (as part of our Launch), at Singapore in 2015 (as a post-conference workshop at the 6th Annual Pharmacovigilance Asia 2015 conference) and at Bengaluru in 2016 (on Narrative Writing) were well-received. Although we have conducted numerous corporate training workshops for pharmaceutical companies on more complex topics in Pharmacovigilance, our workshops for academic institutions have always held a special place in our heart, as they meant that we were addressing a societal need seldom understood or acted upon by others.
With immense pride, I wish to inform you that we are all set to upgrade our interaction with the academia to that of a formal partnership in early 2017, by signing up to collaborate with the Department of Biotechnology of the reputed Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore for a One Credit Course on Pharmacovigilance, as the Industry Partner. I consider this as a great honour for Oviya MedSafe and look forward along with my colleagues to taking the responsibility of teaching the fundamentals of pharmacovigilance to KCT’s Biotechnology students. Apart from KCT, Oviya MedSafe has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RVS College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore for a long-term Industry-Academia Partnership.
Many such agreements with other educational institutions too are under discussion and are expected to be announced in the forthcoming months. We firmly believe that our warm relationships with colleges/universities, especially those in and around Coimbatore where our Global Delivery Centre is located, will also render to us the collateral benefit of forming the foundation for the organic growth of Oviya MedSafe’s team size in the future. Being a growing and global organization, we are also keen to collaborating with academic institutions in other parts of India and outside India as well, remaining open all the time to the idea of expanding our operations to other regions/countries depending on our business needs.
Before concluding, I am glad to let you know that Oviya MedSafe will be organizing an independent Pharmacovigilance workshop for students and aspiring professionals, at Coimbatore on account of Oviya MedSafe’s 5th Anniversary in March 2017. The exact date, venue and agenda of the workshop will be announced shortly.
I take this opportunity to once again wish you a phenomenal 2017 😊
Looking forward to meeting you through our January 2017 newsletter,
With thanks & regards,
Dr J Vijay Venkatraman
MBBS, F. Diab., MBA, FPIPA (UK)
Managing Director & CEO,
Oviya MedSafe Pvt Ltd,
Oviya MedSafe UK Ltd,