Still a way to go for the sustainable development

Navi Mumbai-based Prabhat Dairy, for instance, had reportedly expressed its interest in the whey business, alongside a cheese business launch three years ago. But managing director Vivek Nirmal confirmed that the company hadn’t taken on the segment. He didn’t say why. The lack of a large cheese market, says Hyderabad-based Dodla Dairy’s managing director Sunil … Read more Still a way to go for the sustainable development

India’s stent stunts: Will Meril succeed where Abbott failed?

The management at Meril Life Sciences knew the risks but rolled the dice anyway. In 2013, the stent manufacturer based in Vapi, Gujarat launched its most ambitious research program yet. A new type of stent—a wafer-thin metal mesh scaffold that props open clogged arteries—had come into the market and was being hailed globally as a … Read more India’s stent stunts: Will Meril succeed where Abbott failed?

The seemingly urban anti-⁠vax stance is markedly different

When her children were in a mainstream school, this parent fudged records to show they’re vaccinated. “I don’t need to do that now because they’re enrolled in an alternative school,” she adds. Two fathers—Noel D’Costa, a Hyderabad-based IT salesman, and another who also requested anonymity—bring up the issue of cold chains. Do you know how … Read more The seemingly urban anti-⁠vax stance is markedly different

Prevention anytime better than cure

Madhusudan Chauhan agrees. At its very core, Ayurveda is personalized medicine, and unlike modern science, it focuses on how every human being is different, he says. To this end, Jiva has developed an artificial intelligence tool that prompts doctors with questions for patients during consultations. The tool records patients’ answers, symptoms, and health records, and … Read more Prevention anytime better than cure

Having a total recall on the past

For example, he needed time and upfront investment to hire the right dentists. 1,000 dentists were carefully picked from a pool of 40,000 applications. 800 of these dentists are currently on Star’s payrolls. Star also developed their systems to align their incentives with meeting clinical protocols rather than revenue generation. Is it possible to reduce … Read more Having a total recall on the past

PCOS—Diabetes’ little sister is growing up fast

Always a skinny girl, Swati (name changed), a 25-year-old biochemist, started putting on weight in her early twenties. Chalking it down to a slowing metabolism, she didn’t think much of it. Until she missed her period. And missed it again in the following months. After visiting her gynecologist and undergoing an ultrasound exam, Swati was … Read more PCOS—Diabetes’ little sister is growing up fast

Comfort and cost, but not the environment

Shashwat Diesh overheard his sister complaining about rashes from pads. He couldn’t understand why women with her income didn’t have access to better products. He along with Aqib Mohammed (both co-founders of Azah) conducted a survey with a sample size of 300, and over 50% had suffered period rashes. “We looked at the products in … Read more Comfort and cost, but not the environment

On the Omnichannel Bandwagon

While some of Gangadi’s ventures ended in failure, his decision to go omnichannel has paid off. It was a calculated risk on MedPlus’ part—going omnichannel strictly in those states where it was legally allowed. Today, its online channel contributes between 16-17% of MedPlus’ revenue, says Mantena. MedPlus’ approach was unlike e-pharmacies, which took the risk … Read more On the Omnichannel Bandwagon