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A Velumani explains how Covid-19 testing failed us when we needed it most

The second wave has been far more explosive than anticipated, affecting over 300,000 people a day. The sheer volume of the requirement hit the industry like a tonne of bricks

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A Velumani | Thyrocare | Coronavirus Tests

Anjuli Bhargava  |  New Delhi 



A Velumani, Thyrocare
A Velumani, Promoter, CMD, CEO, Thyrocare | Illustration: Binay Sinha

is not the most popular figure in India’s healthcare sector. When he set up his company, Thyrocare, in 1996 in Mumbai, he disrupted India’s $9 billion diagnostics industry, cutting pricing across tests. As a result, he has routinely faced accusations of his tests being substandard, false or untrustworthy, with doctors across India refusing results and asking patients to re-test at other labs before giving their diagnosis. Being a disruptor in any industry comes at a price.

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First Published: Fri, May 14 2021. 23:20 IST

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