Indian Innovation

Decentralising Diagnostics

Achira’s work on diagnostic lab-on-a-chip technology could disrupt the market

PHOTOGRAPHS RA CHANDROO

Imagine your baby’s burning up with fever. You don’t know if it’s something serious or just the flu. What if instead of rushing to a doctor and conducting a sequence of cumbersome tests at a central lab, you could diagnose the ailment yourself at home within half an hour? A device with a ‘fever of unknown origin’ panel could tell if it’s malaria, dengue, typhoid or just a viral infection. If Achira Labs’ work on building a marketable, cost-efficient lab on a chip goes according to plan, that day may not be very far away.