Bangalore-based medical tech startup, SigTuple, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from wide-ranging and prominent investors including Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal, Accel Partners and other angel investors, reported ET.
Other investors in SigTuple include former Biocon executive Nirupa Bareja, Ashok Bareja, who is the former India head of the now-defunct National Semiconductor, and Amazon Lab126 executive Debanjan Mukherjee.
Founded in 2015 by Tathagato Rai Dastidar, Rohit Kumar Pandey and Apurv Anand, SigTuple aims to provide healthcare solutions by analysing blood samples and detecting different diseases using technology-powered tools. It is currently based out of Accel’s Incubation Center in Bangalore.
In simple terms, the startup looks to revolutionise the global medical diagnostic space through data driven intelligence.
“In a country like India, trained medical practitioners are always at a short supply. Many people have to travel long distances to see a doctor or even get a simple blood test done. New doctors can’t be trained overnight. The only way healthcare services can reach more people is to make doctors more efficient,” said Dastidar and Pandey.
The team at SigTuple has built a technology-powered product called Shonit, which automatically analyses images of blood captured through a microscope. Shonit comprises a microscope, a cellphone app and a cloud-powered engine for analysis and reporting. It can automatically detect various diseases like anaemia, malaria, leukaemia, etc.
“Our aim is to build affordable solutions for automating disease diagnosis. A single pathologist can review analysis reports from multiple collection centers through our web-based interface, without the physical samples having to be shipped to a central testing facility,” Dastidar and Pandey added.
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