Category — Medical Technology

India’s Perfint Develops Tools to Assist in Tumor Ablation

Chennai, India-based Perfint Healthcare, has developed MAXIO, an image-guided, physician controlled robotic system that assists physicians to visualize and plan an entire procedure such as tumor ablation in 3D. Once the plan is confirmed, MAXIO’s stereotactic arm, combined with intra-operative registration, assists surgeons  to advance one or more instruments accurately to reach the target.

Founders S. Nandakumar, K. Guruswamy, K. Puhazhendi and Gopalakrishna Kulkarni spent a decade at  GE Healthcare prior to creating this company. After talking to a number of radiologists and physicians in India, the team designed a product that  is useful in treating tumors and managing pain rather than just diagnosing the tumor.


Maxio, an FDA 510k approved device is used  in the  U.S., Germany, Australia and India. . “It’s the best money can buy in two important areas of medical technology. There are similar systems that only the first world can afford, but this one is world-class, cost-effective and for me, this is true advancement in medicine,” says, Dr Yuman Fong, chair of surgery at City of Hope, the cancer research hospital in Duarte, California,  reports Outlook Business.

December 2, 2016   No Comments

India’s Pharma Industry Becoming Increasingly Digital

The Economic Times reports that in a survey of drug making companies in India’s $17 billion pharmaceutical industry the top 20 of them are changing their conservative ways of marketing for newer technology ranging from scientific detailing to doctors to using newer algorithms for better insights into issues like patient compliance.

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Mobile apps and social media will play a bigger role in this growth, the study that is part of a larger report on global digital marketing trends found. Marketing spends through digital platforms is estimated to shoot up nearly 50% in the next two years to touch $33 million, Bangalore-based market research firm Indegene‘s study shows.

Sun Pharma launched a mobile app called RespiTrack earlier this year to ensure patients with asthma adhere to treatment regimens; GlaxoSmithKline’s local unit says that at least 20%-30% of its customers are already in the digital world; and Abbott Healthcare has introduced several tools like Knowledge Genie, a heart and liver app, and another one for vertigo exercises. Some of these build on augmented and virtual reality to engage with both doctors and patients.



November 15, 2016   No Comments

India’s Forus Health Establishes Subsidiary in California

Bangalore, India-based Forus Health, a medical devices startup, established its first wholly-owned subsidiary Forus Health Inc, in San Leandro, California.

The company hired Dr. Cliff Wright, formerly with Johnson & Johnson, Bausch + Lomb, as executive vice president for North America, and Armond T. Dantino, formerly with Johnson & Johnson and Germany-based Heidelberg Engineering, as senior director of sales and marketing for North American operations, reports the Economic Times.

Founded in 2010, Forus Health has deployed its flagship adult retinal imaging device, 3nethra classic, in 25 countries.The company is backed by Accel Partners, IDG Ventures and Asian Health Fund.

3nethra classic for adult retinal imaging

November 14, 2016   No Comments

Johnson & Johnson Partners with Indo U.K. Institute of Health

During the India-U.K. Technology Summit inaugurated by Prime Ministers Theresa May of Britain and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, the Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH) Medi-cities Program announced Johnson & Johnson India as its technology partner in Orthopedics.

Johnson & Johnson’s Medical division will provide advanced medical technology and education in the field of Orthopedics to 11 IUIH medcities that are being established in India by IUIH.  The IUIH program is one of the world’s largest health care initiatives currently underway to establish 11 hospitals along with medical colleges, with a total bed capacity of 11,000 and a throughput of between 1,100 and 1,650 medical students per year, reports the Economic Times.

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“As a broadly based healthcare company, we are privileged to be able to serve patients and healthcare professionals in India, by working together with the Indo UK Institutes of Health towards our common goal of improving access to quality healthcare,” said Sushobhan Dasgupta, managing director of Johnson & Johnson Medical India.



November 14, 2016   No Comments

Scientists in India Create Sensor to Detect Bacteria Quickly

Working in collaboration with the Photonics Research Center at the University of Quebec in Outaouais, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, have built a sensor that can detect the presence of Escherichia coli in food and water in under 20 minutes, much faster than traditional laboratory tests.


Bacteriophages used in the device bond to the surface of an optical fiber, grab E.coli bacteria from a sample, and keep them attached. When a beam of light strikes the surface, the presence of E.coli shifts the wavelength in a telltale sign of bacterial contamination. An additional optical component cancels out temperature-induced shifts, reports the Economic Times. By changing the bacteriophage in the sensor, other strains of bacteria can also be detected, the scientists report.

The team members that worked on this project are Krishnendu Dandapat, Saurabh Mani Tripathi, Yasser Chinifooroshan, Wojtek J. Bock, and Predrag Mikulic.

October 22, 2016   No Comments