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CentriCycle is a non-profit that believes healthcare should not be stationary, not rely on electricity, and should be able to reach those who lack access: India's rural population. We are launching our office in Bangalore, India in the fall of 2013 with a simple, sustainable, and manually powered centrifuge to allow for better disease diagnostics, without electricity. We aim to impact 300 million people who live in rural India and are afflicted with diseases that can be diagnosed using our centrifuge.
In India, 1 out of every 3 people live in rural areas and lack local access to basic healthcare (Indian Census 2011, PHC Emerging Market Report). Despite investment of financial resources, medical expertise, and government involvement, rural disease incidence has only worsened in recent years (WHO). We have identified one key factor in the increasing disease incidence: the lack of point-of-care diagnostics in rural villages.
We are launching with our first device: the CentriCycle Centrifuge. A centrifuge is a standard medical device that spins at high speeds to separate blood into its component parts. Once blood is separated, simple paper strips called rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are used to diagnose diseases such as HIV, syphilis, and malaria. RDTs are the medical standard in India. Our device is hand-powered, affordable ($30), and enables point-of-care diagnosis in less than 5 minutes.
In addition to the centrifuge, the components of CentriCycle’s business are:
1. Education to ensure that once patients are diagnosed, they know the next steps to take.
2. Quality control and a maintenance system to ensure our device is used properly.
3. Evaluation systems to drive continuous improvement.
4. Partnerships with other organizations to extend our reach.
We will have full-time operations in India, while maintaining an innovations hub out of the University of Michigan to develop new medical technologies.