Monsanto has plumped for services, big data to expand in India. Will farmers trust it?

When Monsanto, agri-tech company the world loves to hate, bought the weather data company Climate Corps for $930 million last year, few believed it would start peddling its data services in India any time soon. Less than a year from that acquisition, Monsanto India’s new chief executive Shilpa Divekar Nirula, who took charge in August, […]

Yet another Accelerator: Will EVA be a gatekeeper or a gateway?

  Most things associated with start-ups lend themselves to a bubble situation at some point in time. If it was e-commerce in recent times, bioinformatics, medical transcription and virtualisation a few years ago, it’s the accelerators themselves which today run the risk of getting pricked. More than 40 accelerators have come up in the last […]

How intelligent are hiring tech tools? Pretty dumb, if you ask me!

  A few weeks ago I got some emails from recruiters. They had shortlisted my resume for jobs in the hospitality industry. Frankly, it looked like a bad joke. Not because it was from an industry where I haven’t worked before but because this is one sector about which I’ve not written a single paragraph […]

Can Strand-HCG alliance change the economics of cancer care in India?

  What does this say about cancer care when one of the foremost cancer specialists and promoter of the largest cancer hospital in the country says there’s much “wastage” in cancer treatment in the country?   To put it crudely, according BS AjaiKumar, “Of all the cancer cases we see, 33 percent are under treated, […]

BJP, Ayurgenomics, and the dangerous mixing of science & politics

Indian elections are insipid when it comes to debates and discussions around big, futuristic ideas. Neither political parties discuss their vision in any meaningful detail nor does the public ask for it. But a few days ago some publications picked up an exotic-sounding term, “Ayurgenomics”, from the BJP manifesto. It said:   “We will start […]

BJP, Ayurgenomics, and the dangerous mixing of science & politics

Indian elections are insipid when it comes to debates and discussions around big, futuristic ideas. Neither political parties discuss their vision in any meaningful detail nor does the public ask for it. But a few days ago some publications picked up an exotic-sounding term, “Ayurgenomics”, from the BJP manifesto. It said:   “We will start […]

Is Philips as innovative as it wants you to believe it is?

  If there’s one word that describes what Philips India showcased on Thursday at its global media onsite in Bangalore, it’s “schizophrenic”. Not the medical condition that we all know of, but the business management tenet that Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter thinks companies should have in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced environment. […]

Why the new director of IISc has his role cut out

  In the din and bustle, hope and anxiety, of the national elections, one big event which is being sidelined is that India’s largest and one of the oldest institutions is going to have a new director. Even if most of the public couldn’t care less about a research institution’s new director, it is a […]

The many downsides and one upside of India's clinical trials mess

  Hardly a week goes by when the term ˜clinical trial” is not in news, and unfortunately, in recent times, it’s been more for the wrong reasons. On January 9, Financial Times reported Novartis will face a criminal investigation for wrongful marketing practices of its popular blood pressure medicine Diovan. Then there was this detailed […]