The NanoSynth Team recently returned from Navi Mumbai after kicking off the pilot study with the Mahatma Gandhi Mission Institute of Health Sciences (MGMIHS). The week began with a brainstorming session on “Strategies to Stop TB” with local TB experts including Dr. Sanjeev Kamble, the Joint Director of Health Services for the Maharashtra Health Services Department (Leprosy and TB). We presented our technology at this brainstorming session and received feedback from clinicians that treat TB on a daily basis and experts from groups such as World Health Organization.

Arriving at MGM

The NanoSynth team arriving at the MGMIHS main campus

MGMIHS

MGMIHS

The week included visits to all of the clinical sites to discuss the study’s goals and protocols with the physicians and staff who will be helping us facilitate the study. These sites include outpatient clinics in Kamothe, Panvel, Khopoli, and Karjat. We are very excited to be working with all of these clinicians, including Dr. Samir Pachpute, Dr. Laxmikant Chavan, Dr. Babashaeb Ambedkar, and Dr. BS Lohare.  Over the next year, this pilot study will include approximately 1,000 patients and provide an initial estimate of the sensitivity and specificity of the test for active pulmonary TB. We provided demonstrations of our breath-based test to clinicians to receive feedback on how to optimize the testing platform for use in the field.

Chief Medical Officer of Panvel Clinic

Chief Medical Officer of the Panvel Clinic seeing a demonstration of the Nanosynth device

 

The out patient department of Panvel Clinic

The outpatient department of Panvel Clinic

 

CMO Khopoli Clinic

MGMIHS Study Coordinators with the Chief Medical Officer of Khopoli Clinic

 

Karjat OPD

The outpatient department of Karjat Clinic

 

CMO of Karjat

Jason Young (NanoSynth) with MGMIHS Study Coordinators and Chief Medical Officer of Karjat Clinic

 

The NanoSynth Team with MGM's Medical Directors

The study team at the Khopoli Clinic.

 

Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals Labs - RNTCP Certified Centers

Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals Labs – RNTCP Certified Center that will provide laboratory testing for the study.

We also provided training for the staff at MGMIHS who will be using our breath test to analyze breath samples and uploading the study data and results using the data collection and mapping platform created by our partner Data Mural.

The tuberculosis laboratory at MGMIHS

The NanoSynth devices stationed in the tuberculosis laboratory at MGMIHS