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3 young Kerala entrepreneurs revolutionise IV therapy with “Dripo” device

Vishnu M N, Sanjay Rajendran and Shruthi Gopal

An entrepreneurial journey of three youngsters in Kerala has now revolutionised intravenous therapy (IV) after they developed a medical device called “Dripo”, a smart infusion monitoring system that is all set to undergo trials for induction in Kerala government’s healthcare system.

For Vishnu M N, 32, Sanjay Rajendran,33, and Shruthi Gopal, 32, the Kerala government’s approval for a formal trial of Dripo for induction in government healthcare system is a major recognition to their five years of hard work and dedication to develop a cost-effective device that monitors IV drips and alerts critical flow rate parameters. It was a shared passion to start a venture right from their college days that brought these three youngsters together and work for development of “Dripo”.

Though the three youngsters went out in three different directions after their engineering course at a college in Thodupuzha, they weren’t ready to give up their dream to start their own venture. They quit their jobs and came together to set up a startup Evelabs Technologies Private Limited at Maker Village in Kalamassery, Kochi.

The Dripo device developed by the three youngsters

“After engineering, we went on our way in three different directions. While I joined for masters in designing at NID, Ahmedabad, Sanjay joined for MTech in College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram and Shruthy for post graduation in journalism. We also worked for a few years at different places. But we were not ready to give up our dream and finally, we quit our jobs and incubated our firm at Sree Chithra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. We developed the concept of Dripo while I was at NID and we further worked to fine tune it. We are thrilled and happy that domain experts in the medical field have given their approval for conducting a detailed trial of Dripo,” said Vishnu.

As per the order issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department on February 19, 2023,  the government has given in principle approval to Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council(K-DISC) to initiate the proof of concept in association with Malabar Cancer Centre with regard to the proposal by Evelabs Technologies Private Limited on “Dripo-Wireless Infusion Monitoring System”. 

“K-DISC shall take steps to  initiate the program with consent of the Human Ethics Committee (HEC), Institutional Research Committee (IRC), Directorate of Medical Education and Directorate of Health Services,” the order said.

Dripo detects the realtime drop rate by measuring the drops, sets the drop rates precisely, monitors IV drips remotely and alerts when the IV line needs attention, creates infusion charts and only costs one-fourth of a normal infusion pump.

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