Spit to keep fit with futuristic kit
Subhasini Chandran runs 10 km regularly, and though she’s nearly 40, friends tell her she looks much younger. But when the Chennai-based writer heard that a simple, one-time, saliva-based test to predict her future health was coming to India, she couldn’t resist her curiosity.
Chandran called up Hyderabad-based MapMyGenome, ordered a kit and spat into it. Within days, her genome was analyzed, with details of diseases she is likelier to get than most Indians.
Though Chandran has no immediate reasons to worry, a counselling session later, she was ready to re-examine her hyperactive lifestyle.
“It was a reality check,” Chandran said.
Ms Anu Acharya is the co-founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a company that pioneered the field of personalised, preventive healthcare by making personal genomics tools available to the masses. With a vision to “Touch 100 million lives”, Mapmygenome was established in 2013, heralding the advent of improved healthcare through genomics-based personalised, precision medicine starting with India and other neglected populations.
Under her leadership, the company has been achieving several milestones, awards and honours. From the ET startup Awards to NASSCOM Emerge 50, WSJ’s Top global startups’ award, Red Herring Asia and Global to the recently conferred Pride of Telangana award; Mapmygenome has certainly become a force to be reckoned with.
A fiercely respected entrepreneur, she also serves as a governing board member and/or mentor for various high profile institutions such as the NIBMG, NIAB, IIITHyderabad, IvyCap Ventures, CSIR and ABLE. She is also a distinguished alumna from IIT Kharagpur.
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