Geetha Manjunath is a prominent IT researcher and the Founder and CEO of Niramai Health Analytix.
The Bengaluru-based startup is creating a revolution in breast health screening with its patented technology called Thermalytix — a non-contact, non-invasive, and radiation-free solution for early-stage breast cancer detection.
The solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to treat cancer and is clinically proven to be accurate for women of all age groups. The company claims that Thermalytix has the potential to save many lives not just from breast cancer deaths but eventually other diseases too.
Niramai last closed $6 million in February 2019 in a Series A round of funding led by Dream Incubator, a Japanese VC firm, with participation from BEENEXT and other investors.
Earlier investors pi Ventures, Ankur Capital, Axilor Ventures, and Binny Bansal also participated in the round.
The firm previously raised a Seed round of $1 million in April 2017. The company has over 30 installations at hospitals and diagnostic centres across 10 Indian cities.
Prior to setting up Niramai, Geetha was a Lab Director heading Data Analytics Research in Xerox India. Prior to that, she was a Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories for 17 years, and a member of the C-DAC team which built the first commercial supercomputer from India.
She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science and management education from Kellogg’s School of Management Chicago.
Geetha has won many international and national recognition for her innovations and entrepreneurial innovation. She was awarded the Computer Society of India Gold Medal in 1991 and TR Shamanna State Award from Karnataka in 1989 and was named as one of the top 50 NASCCOM IT Innovators in 2009.
Among several accolades from Hewlett Packard (HP), her creation SiteOnMobile was tagged as a “HP Legend.” In 2010 she won MIT Tech Review Grand Challenges for Technologists in Healthcare category. She was awarded BIRAC WinER Award 2018 for her Entrepreneurial Research.
Geetha has co-authored a book on Cloud Technologies called “Moving to the Cloud” which was published by Elsevier Syngress Publications. She is a Senior member of IEEE and past Chair of IEEE Computer Society, Bangalore Chapter.
The serial inventor has 15 US patents with more pending grant. She is currently on Cancer Research UK’s India-UK Advisory Panel
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