By Arré Bench Mar. 29, 2020
Minal Bhosale, of the Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions, led a team of 10 that designed a new coronavirus home testing kit in a record of six weeks. The following day, the real-life Wonder Woman delivered her baby.
As the number of coronavirus cases in the country steadily rises, India has been criticised from a few quarters for its lack of preparation and less than average healthcare. Due to our initial restrictive testing policy, the country also has one of the lowest testing rates in the world with just 6.8 tests per million.
But as we try to make it through D-5 of the nationwide 21-day lockdown, a home-grown kit could be just the silver lining we’ve been waiting for. And all of this was only made possible because of the determination of one virologist, who delivered a working test kit, just a day before delivering a baby.
Minal Dakhave Bhosale, Research and Development Chief at the Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solutions, led a team of 10 that designed the coronavirus testing kit, called Patho Detect. While designing a test kit usually takes up to three or four months, the Mylab team did it “in a record time” of six weeks, Bhosale told the BBC. “It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation.”
Meanwhile, the scientist was dealing with a personal deadline, as well. She started work on the programme back in February, just days after she was discharged from the hospital with a pregnancy complication, the BBC reported.
Minal Dakhave Bhosale delivered a working test kit, just a day before delivering a baby.
But in the end her persistence and the team’s “hard work” paid off.
Bhosale submitted the kit for evaluation to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on March 18. An hour before she was taken to hospital ahead of her Caesarean delivery that very evening, she also submitted the proposal to the Indian FDA and the drugs control authority CDSCO for commercial approval. A real-life Wonder Woman.
This morning actor Soni Razdan, who has been actively talking about the lockdown and its consequences, took to her personal Instagram to share this #CoronaWarrior’s story.