Receiving a new technology can be likened to holding a new born baby. It is like looking at the result of a long period of care and patience. Ironically, the baby here is a first-of-its-kind, cost-effective urine-based fertility measuring kit.
There are over 30 million infertile couples in the country. The numbers continue to grow. The kit is expected to show an inexpensive and easier way to hold complex tests that measure fertility levels and pave the way for crucial options like test-tube babies in a non- invasive and private manner.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently transferred this novel technology developed by National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) to HLL Lifecare for validation, commercialisation and marketing.
Compared to existing special blood tests and procedures, the urine-based technology would have four simple and cost-effective kits based on Enzyme Linked Immune-Sorbent Assay (ELISA).
The technology was developed by Dr M.I. Khatkhatay and Dr Meena Desai of NIRRH, an institution of ICMR, in a project funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India. The technology transfer was done by Biotech Consortium India Ltd. (BCIL), the commercial arm of DBT.
A tri-partite technology transfer agreement was signed recently in the presence of Dr. V. M. Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research & Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi by Dr. K.R.S. Krishnan, Head-R&D of HLL with Dr. Poornima Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of BCIL and Dr. Sanjiva D. Kholkute, Director of NIRRH.
“It is essential that fruits of public-funded research reach society in an affordable manner. Being a central PSU under the health ministry, HLL is well-equipped for such a mission. That makes the technology transfer agreement more meaningful,” said Dr Katoch.
“HLL has always been at the forefront in offering affordable and accessible reproductive health care solutions for people around the globe and the urine-based fertility kit is part of our endeavour towards this,” said Dr. M. Ayyappan, Chairman and Managing Director of HLL. “I hope the new discovery will put many people who are at risk of infertility at ease,” he added.