“We aim to make molecular diagnostics based on RT-PCR technology mainstream in India”
Bio Spectrum|September 2020
“We aim to make molecular diagnostics based on RT-PCR technology mainstream in India”
Backed by Serum Institute of India, Pune based startup Mylab Discovery Solutions is aggressively launching new products in the diagnostic testing space to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. After raising funds from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and few private investors, the Mylab team has recently developed a fully-automated sample to-PCR-ready system for molecular diagnostics, which is a first in India. Founded in 2016, it is the first company in Asia and second company worldwide to develop and manufacture FDA approved ID-NAT kits for accurate detection of HIV, HBV, HCV and other infections. BioSpectrum India got in touch with Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director, Mylab Discovery Solutions to find out more about the initiatives being taken up by the startup to combat COVID-19. Edited excerpts;
Dr Manbeena Chawla

Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director, Mylab Discovery Solutions, Pune

What are the key advantages being offered by the Compact XL system compared to the conventional RT-PCR testing systems?

Compact XL is a sample-to-PCR ready machine for molecular diagnostics that eliminates the huge infrastructure cost of setting up a molecular lab. It is designed to automate lab operations from sample handing to RT-PCR tube preparation. It has flexibility to test multiple parameters with multiple samples at the same time, a never before the feature. With 32 separate channels, dual-deck facility, automated barcode reading, auto fed protocol, self-sanitization, and laboratory information management system (LIMS) connectivity defines Compact XL, as a complete walk-away system. It is a cartridge-based machine and can test multiple samples concurrently. It can be used for a wide range of RNA/DNA-based tests including COVID-19 RT-PCR tests. The machine can take a variety of sample types such as plasma, tissue, sputum, and swab. Other benefits include: Save on real estate costs- no need for multiple rooms and 1000+ sq ft of space. Compact XL reduces footprint to a single room of 100 sqft; Reduced manpower- a traditional lab needs 3-4 skilled molecular biologists. Compact XL allows you to run a lab with just 1 technician; Less Equipment & Consumables- significantly cost-saving on dozens of small equipment and consumables, made obsolete by Compact XL; Zero Manual Error- an automated process with no manual intervention. Accurate material handling and process adherence for reliable results; Low maintenance- Compact XL is a hassle and maintenance free system to save you costs in short and long term. To make India self-reliant in advanced diagnostics, Compact XL is our most ambitious project to date.

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