ameliorate-biotechIIT Kharagpur alumni couple's innovation can diagnose mosquito-borne diseases in just 10 minutes

HERSTORY (March 10, 2020)

This scientist couple's innovation can diagnose mosquito-borne diseases in just 10 minutes

Founded by Dr Binita Tunga (PhD, '01) and her husband Dr Rashebari Tunga (M.Tech, '96, PhD, '99), Ameliorate Biotech addresses mosquito-borne diseases in remote areas with Assured, a diagnostic that aims to help save people from dengue, malaria, and chikungunya.

Bill Gates believes that the mosquito is the deadliest insect in the world that "kills more people in one day than sharks kill over a hundred years." The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has been raising awareness on mosquito-borne diseases for many years now.

In rural India, many people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, and chikungunya. However, the diagnosis can be made only once the test results arrive from a hospital or a diagnostic lab in the city.

Chances are that the patient is tested for only one of the three diseases, say dengue. To check for malaria and chikungunya would not only mean an extended wait time but also shelling out around Rs 5,000 extra. (Read More)