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Five healthcare start-ups to keep an eye on

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First Published: Fri, May 03 2013. 01 21 AM IST
Navigene screens newborn babies to detect at least 100 genetic disorders.
Navigene screens newborn babies to detect at least 100 genetic disorders.
Updated: Sun, May 05 2013. 08 31 PM IST
NAVIGENE GENETIC SCIENCE
Mumbai (founded in 2012)
This company screens newborn babies to detect at least 100 genetic disorders. It collects their urine samples from hospitals across six major cities and tests them at its lab in Thane (near Mumbai), offering results in 48 to 72 hours. The potential for the business seems huge with 51 babies being born per minute in India.
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MITRA BIOTECH
Bangalore (founded in 2009-end)
The Bangalore-based company’s technology platform, Oncoprint, offers personalized treatment for cancer. Oncoprint analyses the effect of multiple drugs on cancer cells and comes up with the best fit for a patient in less than seven days.
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DAWA.IN
Mumbai (founded in 2013)
The early-stage health start-up aims to be a monthly prescription reminder and refill pharmacy for patients suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. At the same time, it wants to be an online pharmacy providing a cheaper option for medicines. While deliveries are limited to Mumbai, the information can be read and used by anyone across the country for free.
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GLOCAL HEALTHCARE
Kolkata (founded in 2010)
The chain of affordable hospitals started by Sabahat S. Azim, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer-turned entrepreneur, focuses only on rural and semi-rural areas. The first Glocal hospital, established in a town near Kolkata, broke even in six months. Glocal relies on a protocol-driven model, with a computerized system helping doctors automate diagnosis of 42 diseases, ranging from heart disease to malaria.
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HEALTHIFYME
Bangalore (founded in 2012)
HealthifyMe is a nutrition and fitness tracker, which connects people with dietitians and trainers. HealthifyMe has various tools, including an online wellness platform and mobile apps.
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First Published: Fri, May 03 2013. 01 21 AM IST