Truelab Launch - 11 May 2013

President Gives Away National Technology Day Awards 2013
Also Launches Innovative Products Supported by Technology Development Board And CSIR

The President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee launched the Truelab™ Real Time micro PCR System at the National Technology Day Celebrations convened by CSIR at Vigyan Bhawan today, Saturday 11th May 2013. This revolutionary, near patient platform from Molbio Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. is a Global First in Medical Diagnostics. Molbio is a joint venture between bigtec Private Limited, Bangalore and the Tulip Group, Goa. The event was presided over by Shri. S. Jaipal Reddy, the Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences

bigtec Labs, a Bangalore based research company focused on sensing technologies, has developed this low cost near patient platform that can be used to detect a host of infectious diseases very early and at point of care. CSIR, under their NMITLI program, supported the development of this technology that leverages Nanotechnology, Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

The pathogen detection is carried out on the patented, ready to use, disease specific Truenat™ micro PCR chips and the Truelab™ micro PCR analyzer, indigenously developed by bigtec’s scientists.

The Truelab™ system is designed to be deployed in a variety of situations such as field stations, primary health centres, local clinics, laboratories and hospitals. The wireless data transfer capability of the system allows disease surveillance, monitoring and management activities. Molbio has developed and validated tests for diseases such as TB, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue, H1N1 and Salmonella through independent external validations at various reputed institutions. Some of the validations were supported by BIPP-DBT and ICMR. bigtec Labs continues to closely collaborate with Prof. V Venkataraman of the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the development of these devices.