Translating medical device innovations to market - a Ugandan perspective

Brian Matovu, Jackline Winfred Baluka, Mercy Takuwa, Lucy Kevin Namuli, Charles Norman Mpaata, Julius Mugaga, Benedict Mulindwa, Racheal Nalwoga, Maria K Wolters, Robert Tamale Ssekitoleko

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There is a disparity between low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs) in translating medical device innovations to the market, affecting health care service delivery. Whereas medical technologies developed in HICs face substantial challenges in getting to the bedside, there are at least clear pathways in most of the major markets, such as the UK, the EU, and the USA. Much less is known about the challenges that innovators of medical technologies face in LMICs. The aim of this study was to map out current bottlenecks in medical device innovation in Uganda, a LMIC in Sub-Saharan East Africa.

A cross-sectional survey was carried out using a digital questionnaire. Twenty-one individuals completed the questionnaire, with the majority being medical device innovators (n = 12). Only one of these had undertaken all the innovation stages, up to clinical validation. Very few innovators had established companies, and/or acquired intellectual property. It is evident from similar studies that challenges in medical device translations are multidimensional, and hence interdisciplinary collaborations are key to accelerating translation processes, especially for LMICs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number262
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2023


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