City firm develops device for cancer diagnosis

The device will replace 'Optical Microscope', a 150 year old invention. The device is a unique indigenous development. With the device, cancer diagnosis will now be less expensive, speedy and would help in more accurate detection of cancer

City-based Optra Systems, a software engineering company has created a prototype of a scanner 'Optra Scan' for cancer diagnosis. The device is a unique indigenous development.

The device will replace 'Optical Microscope', a 150 year old invention, Abhijeet Gholap, founder, president and CEO, Optra Group of Companies, said during a special demonstration of the device.

Dr Gauri Naik, head, Optra's Medical Devices Business Unit, Dr Uttara Joshi, a leading histopathologist, Prasanna Gogate, chief operating officer attended.

'Optra Scan' has been designed and developed at the company's 13,000 sqft research and development unit in Pune under the Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program (BIPP) of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for design and development of affordable healthcare devices for Indian Healthcare segment.

The research and development lab of Optra Systems has been recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) as Research & Development Unit for healthcare and life sciences.

Gholap said cancer diagnosis will now be less expensive, speedy and would help oncologists in more accurate detection of cancer.

"Optra Scan, is an ultra-modern scanner that would scan the pathology slides and convert it into digital form. It would also be equipped with tele-pathology features so that it can be shared across the network whenever required. All this would be made available on cloud technologies making it affordable to use," he said.

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