Indian Innovation

Decentralising Diagnostics

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


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.