After founding and nurturing several companies, Romesh Wadhwani is bringing the same principles and passion to philanthropy
Rohini and Nandan Nilekani contribute to causes that others may find risky. In doing so, they are nudging the society to look at these issues afresh
FirstAgro: Growing Zero-Pesticide Crops
When even WHO doesnâ€™t seek zero chemical traces, FirstAgroâ€™s ultimate health food has people excited. Can it achieve scale with the speed its customers want it to?
How Nandan Nilekani Took Aadhaar Past The Tipping Point
Despite the Supreme Courtâ€™s recent strictures on Aadhaar, Nilekani has ensured that the scheme is now too big and too widely used to be scuttled
Revisiting the Jatropha debate
Less than five years ago, it was like a gold rush when states allocated nearly 1 million hectares of land in India for growing jatropha, which produces biodiesel. But most projects turned out to be slow starters. With crude prices rising and carbon emissions continuing, itâ€™s time to give jatropha a second look.
Medtech giants Philips and GE fight over India
Philips became No. 1 after years of trailing GE in Indian health care. This may change as GE revs up. But both are fighting a battle with their HQs to take the small Indian market seriously
Nova Medical growing with shortstay surgical facilities
Same-day discharge is still a novel concept in Indian health care, but this companyâ€™s growth is evidence that it is catching on
Why Fortisâ€™ U-turn Matters
Two of the three biggest global assets are sold and the third, Quality Healthcare in Hong Kong, which was the first international buy for Fortis International when it was floated in October 2010, is up for sale too. When that happens in the near future, Fortis, for all practical purposes, will be back to being an Indian company.
The good thing about big data is you donâ€™t have to start big
Whether itâ€™s the annual â€˜hype cycleâ€™ or fog in the usersâ€™ mind, Big Data has bumped off cloud computing to top the charts. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of Amazon and one of the Big Data generators and solution providers, was in Bangalore recently and spoke to Forbes India
ISROâ€™s very own GPS is getting ready
To ease Indiaâ€™s dependence on Americaâ€™s GPS and even to some extent on Russiaâ€™s Glonass, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has built its own geo-spatial positioning system, a regional one at that, and called it Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
Trivitron and the Impending Rise of Medical Technology
With four businesses to boot, why GSK Velu is placing his highest bet on medical technology
Why is Quest Global Changing Lanes
Aerospace companies move from manufacturing to services. But Quest Global has taken the opposite route. Can one feed into the other to beat competition?
What Open Access to sci-tech research can achieve
A global movement is on to make sci-tech research accessible to all. How soon will Indian industry and consumers embrace it?
Why Universal Health Care Remains a Dream
Primary health care delivery needs to reinvent itself. Only then can India aim for universal health coverage
Four solutions for Indiaâ€™s health care sector
Delivering health care to a billion-plus population is very complex. And, like eating a Reeseâ€™s, thereâ€™s no right way to do it. In the past, Indian entrepreneurs have innovated on several business models that range from frugal to world-class luxury care. A testimony to its success is the fact that citizens spent Rs 1,650 billion, or 3.16 percent of the GDP (in 2011-12), on health care, whereas the government spent only 1.04 percent. In other words, a family of four spends nearly Rs 10,000 per year on health care. With the government once again shirking from committing higher budgets to health care, it is tempting to ask: Since thereâ€™s money on the table, can entrepreneurs devise privately financed and privately run universal health coverage? Perhaps all it needs is one disruptive idea to show that itâ€™s possible to design comprehensive care outside the government.Â We asked four health care industry leaders what it would take to deliver such care and if theyâ€™d be willing to take the first steps.
Strand Life Sciences
Why Strand Life Sciences wants doctors to genetically profile patients
Fearing that unscrupulous use may hijack this promising field, stakeholders are racing to regulate its applications. Are they swift enough?
Why Sun Pharmaâ€™s Dilip Shanghvi vacated the chairmanâ€™s post
Dilip Shanghvi built Sun Pharma into one of the most profitable generic drugs companies in the world. Now, heâ€™s stepped back and brought in Israel Makov to steer Sun into its next growth phase
YK Hamied: Ciplaâ€™s One Man Army
YK Hamied has public health on the top of his agenda. In his effort to make drugs affordable, he is not afraid to take on the biggies
Modelling the right power mix for telecom towers
How ISRO can join hands with private enterprise
With demand for launches doubling, the space agency wants industry to step up. What will it take for the two sides to pull this off?
How to check the spread of dengue via Mobiles
Research in Kenya to study transmission of malaria could be replicated in India to track dengue
Scientists Turn Entrepreneurs
Academics are beginning to take their research and ideas forward by setting up their own ventures
In Search of Creative Engineers
This company makes special training modules to hone the problem-solving skills of students
A New Kind of Sniffer Dogs
A â€˜noseâ€™ that can detect bombs and cardiac disorders
The Little Engine that Saves Fuel
His electronic controllers make engines fuel-efficient. Most gensets now use them
Curing Common Skin Disorders
Vyome Biosciences looks to cure common skin disorders
MK Bhan: Driving Bio-tech Innovation By Taking Governance Outside Government
It is necessary to build a solid governance system, but it should be outside the government, says MK Bhan
HK Mittal: Stepping Up for Startups
HK Mittal, who is keen to convert paper-publishing students and professors into entrepreneurs, wants to cut down on time taken to set up a business in India
An Intel Futurist on What the World of Tomorrow Will Look Like
What kind of future do people want to have? Intelï¿½s futurist Brian Johnson studies that and then helps design chips that make such a future possible
Bird Flu is Back in a Stronger Avataar
New research shows that the H5N1 virus can become contagious. But is the government prepared for a pandemic?
What Went Wrong With the Aakash Tablet
The disastrous Aakash project has expunged Indiaï¿½s dream of developing the worldï¿½s cheapest computing device. And questions remain unanswered
Piramal’s Quest for a Blockbuster Drug
When most pharmas are shying away from high-risk drug discovery, Piramal Healthcare is going for it full steam. Has it found a new way?
Beyond Cancer – Handled With Care
As it ventures into multi-specialty care, will HCG be able to keep its personalised touch?
How Open Source Drug Discovery Is Helping India Develop New Drugs
Left to fend for itself, India is now finally developing new drugs on its own
GE’s Mark Little: Innovation Is Never a Straight Line
Mark M Little, director, GE Global Research, says that it is important to stay ahead in the game by thinking big or thinking a decade in advance
Science’s Second Coming to India
There is enough evidence on the ground to indicate that the innovation eco-system has vastly improved in the country. India is ready for a renaissance in innovation
18 Indian Minds Who Are Doing Cutting Edge Work
The wheels have been set in motion to win back some of the finest minds of Indian origin to align forces with their country of origin
Will 2012 Be More Peaceful?
The year 2012 will see change of guard in China, Russia, Mexico, US, France and even Egypt; the Arab Spring is expected to reach Sub-Saharan Africa. Will it all be peaceful? we ask Steven Pinker
Bangalore-based Institute Shows The Way to Innovation
Get in the best scientists, give them creative freedom, and innovation will happen. A scientific institute in Bangalore is showing the way
Mriganka Sur Reveals the Mysteries of The Brain
Neuroscientist Mriganka Sur is deepening our understanding of how the brain works and the â€˜mis-wiringâ€™ that causes mental disease
How to ‘Upgradeâ€™ A Country’s Technology
Yigal Erlich, the founding father of Israelâ€™s R&D ecosystem, talks about his countryï¿½s experience in fast-tracking innovation
Bt Brinjal and Indiaâ€™s Wake-up Call
With its first biopiracy lawsuit, the country hopes to set a precedent for introducing biotech crops while conserving biodiversity and local community rights
The Rebirth of Stem Cells
Stephen Minger at GE is betting on cellular therapy to change the industryï¿½s thinking
Glenmark’s R&D Gamble
With Indian pharma companies willing to cash out, is Glenn Saldanha Indiaï¿½s best bet for a home-grown drug?
Can Space Elevators Be a Reality in 2100? Michio Kaku Answers
Yes, says physicist Michio Kaku. As can human-friendly artificial intelligence
Minds Returning to India
Can Indian-origin scientists in the US help India improve its research and development, and innovation capabilities?
Tata Chemicalsâ€™s New Formula
The 72-year-old company is making a strategic shift from just chemicals to water purification and products that promote health and wellness
Aids at 30 – Down But Not Out
Thirty years after being identified, the HIV infection rate has declined, but when will we have a vaccine to nail the virus?
They’re Making Car Parking Easier
Soon, when you drive to a mall, all you might have to do is punch a card to park your car. Bid adieu to long queues and wasted fuel
IBMâ€™s Adoption Plan
The behemoth is picking up fledgling, innovating firms through a structured system to provide solutions in diverse areas, and not miss the bus, again
A Shot of India: The Vaccine Market
Big pharma is looking for immunity from a fall in revenues as blockbuster drugs go off patent. They are finding it in Indian vaccine makers
Maharaj Kishan Bhan Aims For a New Bio Culture
Indiaâ€™s biotech messiah is bringing together doctors, researchers and companies to drive innovation in farming and health care
CSIR Goes For A New Patenting Model
Indiaâ€™s premier science council has realised the Western model of patenting doesnï¿½t work here
Book Review: Geek Nation
How Indian Science is Taking Over the World
ISRO’s Dead End in Space
Just like some of its rockets, Indiaï¿½s space agency is losing direction. By being more open, it can begin to stop the slide
Ravi Venkatesan: Wish We had Responded to Innovation Sooner
Ravi Venkatesan, outgoing chairman of Microsoft India, tells Forbes India that his biggest regret is that he will not be a part of the big wave that will hit India in the next 18 months
India Wants to Catch the Nanoelectronics Revolution
India realises it canï¿½t afford to miss the unfolding revolution in nanoelectronics. It has already made its move with two incubation centres
Forecast: A Clear, Cloudy Day In Cyber Space
Modern businesses need ways to stay nimble and light. Owning tonnes of hardware is not one of them. The time for cloud computing has arrived
Hardware Services: Just What the Doctor Ordered
Hardware companies like HP and Dell are turning into service providers to shore up dwindling profits. And India will be their proving ground
Pink Alert: How Real Is The Threat of Breast Cancer?
Advocacy groups routinely urge women in their 40s to have regular mammograms. But experts question their utility
When Math Becomes Fashionable
The Smart Solution
Yahoo-Bing Alliance: Itâ€™s showtime says Yahoo CTO
Black and White facts about little known vitiligo
NII scientists develop ultra long-lasting insulin
We want to see the first objects formed after the Big Bang: John C Mather
Missing puzzle piece in AIDS vaccine research
Why this man is ready to take on the world
Micro-machines have arrived. Whoâ€™ll get them to market?
Study offers hope for inherited mental retardation
Scientists use synthetic genome to create life
TCS innovation network awaits its Siebel moment
Health diplomacyâ€™s soft power
Study shows eight genetic variants of diabetes in Indians
India makes thin film solar cell leap
Why a made-in-India chip remains chimeric
Parkinsonâ€™s may not remain an old-age disease in India
Nacoâ€™s apathy riles biotech entrepreneur
Early human settlers used southern coastal India to enter Asia
Taking on global med-tech players
AIDS scheme on track says Naco but hurdles remain
Virus may hold key to chronic fatigue syndrome
Chimps may not be our closest ancestors
All Indians have some north-south in them
Shanthaâ€™s story is that of Indian biotechnology
Nobel laureates: People expect too much from us
Bureaucracy, glass ceiling queer pitch for Indiaâ€™s women scientists
Do you really need sunscreen?
Scientists inch closer to cracking IndusValley script
Are low-cost computing initiatives coming of age?
Losses, exits roil biotech poster firm
Indiaâ€™s biotech poster firm in trouble
India ranks second in kidney transplants from live donors
Love in the time of neuroscience
Decoding the cold bug: Why most drugs donâ€™t work
Does cord blood banking hold a future
Genetic mutation behind heart failure risk of 45 mn Indians
Scientists find genetic cause of heart muscle disease in Indians
Leroy Hood: In some ways the biotech industry has grown up with me
Low Vitamin-D levels putting Indians at risk of bone disorder
No helping hand for those headed home
Tata out to prove its EKA supercomputer really means business
A rush for biotech parks but will they all bloom
CNR Rao: The Right Chemistry
1 million smokers will die every year
Biological drug testing gathers dust
The great Indian cancer drug rush
Pumping Punjab Dry
TV whitespace networks get smart
New technology to trap killer sparks
Architect of Indiaâ€™s Thorium reactor: Ratan Kumar Sinha
Curcumin: From exotic spice to modern drug?