IIT Guwahati startup develops Mobilab

A portable device for diagnosis of chronic NCD

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati alumni-led start-up, Primary Healthtech has developed an indigenous point-of-care-testing (POCT) device, Mobilab, that is expected to test 25 parameters in blood to diagnose early chronic diseases related to kidney, liver, heart, and pancreas malfunctions. Primary Healthtech is incubated at the Research Park and the Centre for Nanotechnology in IIT Guwahati campus, with extensive R&D, translational, and regulatory support from SWASTHA Centre for Excellence of MeitY, ICMR-DHR Centre of Excellence and BIRAC-DBT. Its team of 30 engineers and researchers aims to make diagnostics frugal, portable, affordable, and accessible. The device is operated through an IoT-enabled Android app and can perform about 150 tests with a single charge of the battery, which enables a digitally connected ecosystem for its use even for the remotest locations of the nation and serves the last-mile population.

The device is expected to perform the early screening of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). MobilabTM will enable testing at patients’ sites at a low cost to enable early screening as well as long-term disease management at an affordable cost for millions of people every year.

At this stage, 11 parameters have been validated in NABL-accredited and Government labs in comparison to Gold standard Siemens Dimension RxL and J&J Vitros 5600 Integrated System.

Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation – CDSCO has licenced manufacturing of MobilabTM which includes:

➢ Heart Profile – Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides

➢ Liver Profile – Total Bilirubin, Albumin and Total Protein

➢ Kidney Profile – Creatinine, Glucose and Uric Acid

➢ Hematology – Haemoglobin

➢ Diabetic – Glucose

The device generates real-time data in 10 minutes, followed by a digital report, along with an electronic health record of the patient which can be easily shared with the doctors.

Some of the key features of the device are:

➢ Lightweight, portable, and battery-operated

➢ Accuracy at par with the gold-standards

➢ User-friendly IOT enabled android app enabled with AI algorithms

➢ Inbuilt temperature control

➢ Real-time error detection system

➢ Instant digital report

➢ Multilingual

Mobilab is validated at various levels in hospitals such as Guwahati Medical College & Hospital – GMCH, Guwahati Neurological Research Centre – GNRC, Nemcare, Army Hospital, AIIMS New Delhi, and has been deployed in various parts of Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Mobilab has been supported by the Centre for Nanotechnology, IIT Guwahati; Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt of India; ICMR-Department of Health Research Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, SIIC-IIT Kanpur, AIC-CCMB, KIIT-TBI, CPS- IITI, DBT-BIRAC, IIT Guwahati and Start-Up India. The mass production of Mobilab has been planned by establishing a vendor network at a cost that is affordable and at the same time sustainable.

Speaking about Mobilab, Sahil Jagnani, Alumnus, IIT Guwahati, and Founder & CEO, Primary Healthtech, said, “The vision of Mobilab is to make diagnosis available to fellow citizens at an affordable cost, along with generating instant results to speed up the early screening, disease management, and treatment. Mobilab is also expected to perform import substitution under the Make-in-India initiative of the Government of India.”

Mobilab has received various certifications on national and international platforms such as the National Start-Up Award 2022; ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016; CDSCO License; EMI/EMC certification; Performance Validation Certificate from GNRC North Guwahati Hospital and GMCH. Along with this, the startup has seven patents to its credit while developing the device.


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