Problem being addressed:
Mass scale testing is an increasing challenge as India tries to arrest the spread of Covid-19. The test collection leg is expensive and will soon become a bottleneck to scale testing, if the virus spreads prescribe) + innovative ways to administer the test so that we can test at scale.
HiMedia is India’s largest supplier of Viral Transport Media (VTM) used in the sample collection kits and also the largest supplier of RNA extraction kits, both of which seem to be the next bottlenecks in the testing process as as most existing suppliers are international companies who will be unable to supply sufficient kits given competing international demand and issues with international shipments.
Dr. Vishal Werke (leads VTM mfg) and Dr. Rajas Werke (leads RNA extraction) lead this fully operational business comprising 750+ employees