UW-Madison & Ella Foundation Partner to Launch First "One Health Center" in India for Global Health Advancements

  • The UW-Madison Global One Health Center looks to advance global health through exchanges, research, education, and outreach to increase capacity for monitoring, surveillance, and preventing infectious diseases in humans, animals, and plants.

  • Focus to develop and produce novel vaccines in India.

  • Partnership expands the Wisconsin Idea by providing interdisciplinary collaborations with UW-Madison, the Ella Foundation, and Bharat Biotech.

February 5, 2023

A medium close-up shot of Dr. Krishna Ella and Dr. Jorge Osorio holding signed MoUs between Ella Foundation and UW-Madison for the Global One Health Center. The partnership aims to advance global health by increasing capacity for monitoring, surveillance, and preventing infectious diseases and developing novel vaccines in India.
A medium close-up shot of Dr. Krishna Ella and Dr. Jorge Osorio holding signed MoUs between Ella Foundation and UW-Madison for the Global One Health Center. The partnership aims to advance global health by increasing capacity for monitoring, surveillance, and preventing infectious diseases and developing novel vaccines in India.

Ella Foundation Director Dr. Krishna Ella, and UW-Madison GHI Director Dr. Jorge Osorio signing MoU - to establish the first-ever “UW-Madison One Health Center” in India to advance vaccines, therapeutics, and global health education

University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) and the Ella Foundation, founded by Dr. Krishna Ella and Mrs. Suchitra Ella, today signed a bi-lateral agreement in New Delhi to establish the first ever “UW-Madison One Health Center” in Bangalore, India. The Center is expected to be operational by the end of 2023 and was announced at the UW-Madison Badger Utsav titled, “Meet Badgers Who Are Building a Better World,” on Sunday, in New Delhi.

UW-Madison One Health Center will advance the development and production of new vaccines for India. Furthermore, the partnership will enable collaboration across disciplines and geographic boundaries, provide Indian students and researchers access to UW expertise and training, and build research capacity in India.

One of the key benefits of the One Health Center is to provide opportunities for UW students and researchers to work first-hand with emerging infectious diseases, collaborate with new colleagues, and see how environment, politics, and social structures affect health.

“Both Ella Foundation and UW-Madison GHI share a common vision to advance innovation in science, research, and knowledge sharing. Establishing the UW-Madison Global One Health Center holds great significance as it will advance global health through research, education, and community engagement by facilitating student, faculty exchanges, research and education,” said Dr. Krishna Ella, Director, Ella Foundation, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Bharat Biotech.

“We are energised by the opportunity to partner with the Ella Foundation to bring UW knowledge and expertise to expand innovative and impactful health initiatives outside Wisconsin to India,” said UW-Madison GHI Director Dr. Jorge Osorio. “The partnership between GHI and the Ella Foundation will continue GHI’s outreach efforts to establish a One Health Center in India. The India One Health Center joins a global network that includes Africa and Latin America and will open new opportunities for research, education, and provide actionable outcomes to benefit humans, animals, and ecosystems that advance equitable and sustainable health across India and the world. 

"We are thankful to Dr. Krishna Ella and Mrs. Suchitra Ella for their support to invest in our vision to promote a healthy India and a healthy planet, as well as to all UW-Madison alumni who are proactively working to make this world a better place,” Osorio added.

In her address, Mrs. Suchitra Ella, Director, Ella Foundation, and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech stated, “This agreement holds great value as it expands interdisciplinary collaborations between UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI), Ella Foundation, and Bharat Biotech to address the complex determinants of health and disease and assess local needs and priorities that will drive research and intervention.”

Erik Iverson, CEO of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), who was also in attendance, shared real stories of how their mission works to support scientific research within the UW-Madison community by providing financial support, actively managing assets, and moving innovations to the marketplace for a financial return and global impact. “I am delighted to participate in the Badger Utsav to share stories of the work WARF is involved in with international partners,” said Iverson. “Badger Utsav is an important event for all who seek to build bridges between the University of Wisconsin and industry and government in India,” continued Iverson. 

At the Badger Utsav, Dr. Krishna Ella, a distinguished alumnus of UW–Madison, and Mrs. Suchitra Ella offered insights on their efforts to help global health through their COVAXIN vaccine produced at Bharat Biotech.

A policymaker panel discussion was also held with panelists Dr. S. Chandrasekher, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE), Director General (ICAR), and Dr. Rajesh S Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Krishna Ella and Dr. Jorge Osorio, highlighting the development of the India One Health Center and the importance of addressing global health for a healthy India and healthy world.

Mr. Apurva Parekh, Executive Director of Pidilite Industries Ltd., a leader in adhesives, offered his perspective on his company’s philosophy and programs to address health issues. Pidilite includes how they embrace social initiatives in rural development, education, and healthcare.

More than a dozen high-ranking officials from UW-Madison in the United States attended the Utsav event and held meetings with the private sector and Government of India. The UW-Madison delegation will travel to Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore to develop more relationships to enhance global health innovation. 

About UW-Madison Global Health Institute

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) advances equitable and sustainable health across Wisconsin and the world. GHI is establishing One Health Centres in the Americas, Asia, and Africa that open new opportunities for research, education, and action to benefit humans, animals, and ecosystems. GHI connects academia, government, industry, and communities in mutually beneficial relationships to broaden the understanding of health and disease, share lessons learned, spark new questions and address critical global health challenges across disciplines.

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute is an idea born in Wisconsin—and reflects UW-Madison’s principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. GHI is a global manifestation of the Wisconsin Idea.

About Ella Foundation

ELLA FOUNDATION is a non-profit autonomous research organisation dedicated to research, development and training in various facets of modern biology. Its mission is to generate knowledge for human and animal health, and contribute to economic advancement through research and development (R&D) in contemporary biomedical and veterinary sciences, besides working on traditional projects.

The Foundation is located in the middle of Genome Valley in Hyderabad and draws collaboration from regional, national, as well as international public and private organisations. Established in 2002, the Foundation is engaged in basic and applied research to tackle human and animal diseases, and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India as an independent R&D organisation.

Ella Foundation drives R&D as an adventure, employing state-of-the-art techniques to advance microbe-caused disease understanding.

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