Mylab Discovery, in city of Pune, became the first Indian firm to get full approval to make and sell testing kits for COVID 19. It shipped the first batch of 150 to diagnostic labs in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru (Bangalore) this week.
Each Mylab kit can test 100 samples and costs 1,200 rupees (KD 5) that’s about a quarter of the 4,500 rupees (20 KD) that India pays to import Covid-19 testing kits from abroad.
Ms Bhosale, who headed the team that designed the coronavirus testing kit called Patho Detect said “Our kit gives the diagnosis in two and a half hours while the imported testing kits take six-seven hours,” says virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale, Mylab’s research and development chief. She said it was done “in record time” – six weeks instead of three or four months.
The scientist was battling with her own deadline too. Last week she gave birth to a baby girl – and only began work on the programme in February, just days after leaving hospital with a pregnancy complication. She stated saying “It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation,” she says, adding that her team of 10 worked “very hard” to make the project a success reports BBC.
On 18 March, just a day before delivering her daughter she submitted the kit for evaluation by the National Institute of Virology (NIV)