Bengaluru-based startup AIndra to tackle low screening rates of cervical cancer.Bengaluru | RNW | By J Vignesh, ET Bureau | 5 Feb, 2016, 02.00 PM IST.
In India, the availability of cancer screening apparatus and expertise is limited to only fairly large cities, which means that the rest of the country has to travel to these cities to get their screening done. But with the mushrooming of healthcare startups, aid might well be on the way. One such startupis Bengaluru-based AIndra Systems, an artificial intelligence-based startup, which has set its sights on tackling the low screening rates of cervical cancer. "We wanted to address cervical cancer with our expertise in artificial intelligence. Cervical cancer is not an aggressive cancer, it has a long gestation period of atleast 10-15 years, yet one woman dies every seven and a half minutes because of cervical cancer in our country," said Adarsh Natarajan, founder and CEO of AIndra Systems. AIndra Systems has been around since 2012, but was into using computer vision to tackle the attendance issue in the midday meals scheme for the Government of Karnataka. They came up with a facial recognition solution for the same. Then they moved onto vocational training, IT and textile verticals. Around this time, Natarajan had a chance to interact with A Vijaysimha, CEO of OneBreath, a medical device company, who stressed the need for indigenous medical device.