As CEO of Sohum Innovation Lab, Nitin Sisodia drives his team towards innovation that meets unmet clinical needs in resource-constrained countries like India.
Nitin is an electrical engineer who went on to study industrial design at the National Institute of Design. After a short stint with Maruti Suzuki, he joined the Stanford-India Biodesign fellowship, a flagship program of the Indian Government’s Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with Stanford University, AIIMS and IIT Delhi.
During his clinical immersion at AIIMS and peripheral public health centres, Nitin found 325 unmet clinical needs. He realized that to effect true change there is need for a lab to create impact. And that is the genesis of the Bangalore-based Sohum Innovation Lab. They develop market-driven solutions to improve the health and incomes of people living in resource-poor settings. Sohum engages in front line research and develops technology and strategies that create self-sustaining value chains among the under-served.
“As many as 800,000 hearing impaired babies are born every year all over the world, – he says, – of which 100,000 are in India and 90% are in developing countries. Besides India, 40 low income and 53 low middle income countries do not have an affordable solution for early screening of hearing impairment.”
Nitin and his team have developed the innovative screening device, solving this problem:
“The safe screening resource ‘Sohum’ is a highly proprietary, non-invasive, safe medical device to screen neonates for hearing impairment with high sensitivity and specificity and is specially designed for mass screening of neonates in resource-constrained settings.”
“Advanced countries are focusing on making better products and not working specifically on making them fit for the context of the developing world,” designer believes. “We have a chance to disrupt the thought process and provide affordable, accessible products and services for emerging markets.”
Read this story in POOL 89.