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Medical Technologies Sector Review

Definition and scale of sector

  • Polymer/metal components,
  • Electronics/electromechanical sub assemblies,
  • Medical instrumentation,
  • Pharmaceutical production, wholesaling

Why the sector was chosen in the West Midlands

  • High rate of growth but from a low case.
  • Full role played by the medical market place on regional industry is understated given the role played by industries that supply multiple markets e.g. polymers.
  • Higher Education based investments demonstrate a potential for spin off activity. Opportunities for diversification. Major training region in Medical Schools and CE for the NHS.

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Sri Lanka Biotechnology Annual 2008 - Global Agriculture Information Network - August 2008

Biotechnology in Sri Lanka is largelt limited to research and testing. although agricltural biotechnology is widely accepted among the scientific community, some goverment officials and NGOs are less convinced of the benefits of the technology. thissue is the only aspect of biotechnology that is applied on a commercial scale. A draft national policy on biotechnology has been complied. GM labeling regulation were introduced in January 2007 and are moving towards full implementation, likely to the detriment of U.S food and argriculture imports.

Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN)



Healthcare Market in Sri Lanka - July 2005

Sri Lanka's health care system is dominated by the public sector, although there is a significant private sector component.  The public sector provides a large share of in-patient care.  The private sector contributions mainly in outpatient services.  The government has traditionally provided free health care services for immediate and major medical problems, including maternity and geriatric care, through its network of 606 hospitals throughout the country. 

The public health service currently administers about 60% of the total cost of health care performed.  Government expenditure on health care was Rs 27,500 million (Approximately 175 million in 2003, or 1.5 % of GDP.  Of the total investment 80% has been on maintenance of health activities while the remainder went to capital investment.  Sri Lanka was rated 76th in a 191-country survey covering the overall quality of the world's health care systems, carried out recently by the World Health Organisation. 

Source: UK Trade and Investment



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