MyLab’s COVID-19 mobile testing vans

To fight the second wave of COVID-19, Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions is working on multiple innovative solutions. The startup has already launched a fleet of mobile labs to meet increasing demands for testing.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen the resilience and tenacity of the Indian startup ecosystem. 

Last year, Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions launched the Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit — the first to receive commercial approval from CDSCO. 

The molecular diagnostics startup has now introduced mobile testing labs across the country to address the increasing demand for coronavirus testing.

L-R : Abhijit Pawar, Adar Poonawalla, Hasmukh Rawal, Sujit Jain, Shailendra Kawade

“We are deploying 50 ICMR-approved and NABL certified mobile vans that will act as COVID-19 testing labs. These vans can be parked anywhere and are powered by our Compact XL automating machine. Each van can conduct over 1,000 tests on a daily basis,” Hasmukh Rawal, MD at Mylab Discovery Solutions, revealed to YourStory.

Besides, the startup is also working on a point-of-care testing solution that can be installed anywhere so that people can get themselves tested for COVID-19. 

In fact, it is also working on four to five such projects to combat the second wave.

Read more about how the Indian startup ecosystem is battling the second wave of COVID-19.

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While it is now more important than ever to stay alert and stay safe, gripping panic and anxiety can only make the matter worse. Fearing the pandemic has also led to the spread of misinformation and myths. In order to help people get access to expert advice and verified information, YourStory brings to you, “Ask the Doc,” where you can get all your queries clarified from medical experts directly. Watch our first episode with Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi, an ENT surgeon, medical device innovator, author, and YouTuber.

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News & Updates

  • Noida-based healthtech company HealthCare atHOME has set up a facility equipped with oxygen concentrators by converting a hotel in Gurugram. COVID-19 positive patients who require oxygen are given assistance in this unit. 
  • MapmyIndia said it will be installing GPS tracking systems for free in transport vehicles carrying oxygen, vaccines, hospital beds, and other medical infrastructure to ensure their smooth, quick, and interrupted movement.
  • Amazon India has joined hands with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for COVID-19 Response (PPCR), and other partners to urgently airlift over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore.
  • California-based Manufactured has announced that it can deliver up to 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India within seven to 10 days. The startup is now looking to partner with organisations for the purchasing and delivery of the machines.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

CRED founder Kunal Shah

"It’s easy to say stay strong, much harder to do so. But when we come together as a collective force, we can emerge from this crisis. Do all that you can - as little as it may be, our efforts can make it easier on each other." 

Kunal Shah, Founder, CRED

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