IIT Madras student comes up with AI technology to help doctors

Twenty-one-year-old biotech student of IIT Madras Pranav Gangwal and his classmate have come up with their patented technology that uses AI system to predict and diagnose diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders through genomic data.

AI can have a positive impact on healthcare delivery. It not only provides tools for doctors to diagnose faster but also make it cheaper for the patients.

The two came together to start what they call Orbuculum (it was part of the Axilor Venture’s 2017 cohort).
The students wanted to delve deeper into analysing why even after so much of investment in healthcare, the mortality rate is so high. "We found a simple flaw in the method of disease diagnosis. There is a lot of trial and error when it comes to diagnosis, especially due to many common symptoms of diseases. As a result, by the time a patient is diagnosed, especially with a disease like cancer, it is too late,” said Gangwal.

The idea to start up came to them when they got a patent for their technology that visualises genomic data of a disease. Considering the two are still in college, they’ve had to do some growing up faster than the others. They even have an intern, who is older to them. “We also have scientists in the domain of data science and genomics who are guiding us,” added Gangwal.
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