About Myshkin


I am co-founder of Biosense Technologies, a medical device startup focusing on point of care non-invasive diagnostics for the developing world. Biosense aims to provide usable, affordable, non-invasive anemia screening tools to empower global maternal and infant health programs.

In the past, I have worked at Mckinsey & Company as a business consultant. I have also been a researcher at MIT as part of the team that conceptualized and built the Copenhagen Wheel, demoed at the United Nations Climate Summit '09. I am an electrical engineer who likes to play with anything with wheels. I have a PhD from IIM-Calcutta, where, apart from studying balance sheets and suchlike, I tried to figure out, as part of my doctoral research, how Wikipedia works so darn well.


English, French, Hindi, Marathi

TED Conferences

TED2013, TED2012

Areas of Expertise

Entrepeneurship, Consultant Busines, Engineer, Systems Analysis & Design, Electric bicycles, Medical Device

An idea worth spreading

Democratize healthcare! Imagine a world where EVERYONE with the need has access to diagnostics, medical advice and treatment. Imagine medical advice being given reliably and affordably, on mobile phones and even vital blood tests being performed without needles, without pain, at minimal cost. TECHNOLOGY is already making this vision possible - and we are moving into a world of accessible, affordable, non-invasive healthcare. Biosense's first step in this direction is the launch of ToucHb, a revolutionary new medical technology that uses optical prinicples to perform blood constituent analysis. ToucHb diagnoses anemia, measures hemoglobin, oxygen saturation and heart rate - by shining light through the user's finger nail. It consists of a finger probe and a smart phone to scan, process, display, store and send the data. 1 million mothers and children die globally each year of undiagnosed anemia, in low resource settings. ToucHb will help reduce this number.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about technology (preferably, with wheels!), startups (preferably, with an idea to change the world!) and football (specifically, Liverpool F.C).


MIT, NIT Bhopal, IIM - Calcutta

Talk to me about

Technology, Startups, Medical Devices, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Business Modeling, Consulting, PhD, Wikipedia, Network Science, the English Premier League!

People don't know I'm good at

Beatbox. Or playing as "Newport County" in Football Manager and winning the Champions League...

My TED story

Ask me my story 1:1 when we meet.

Comments & conversations

Myshkin Ingawale
Posted almost 3 years ago
Myshkin Ingawale: A blood test without bleeding
Sherry - I am very optimistic about new lean and agile approaches to doing research and development. Especially if one uses the full resources of different technology enablers (mobile, internet, free or open source design and development tools), the costs of doing innovation drop significantly... I guess startups like ours have no option but to go down this 'lean' route! :P
Myshkin Ingawale
Posted over 3 years ago
Myshkin Ingawale: A blood test without bleeding
Pigments of any kind - esp melanin - are confounding factors for a system that works on NIR light, you are absolutely right. We have built in corrections for skin color and are presently validating the techniques we have used. Early results on sample sizes < 50 are very promising but we would only be releasing this commercially once we have the full result (1000+ patients) from a diverse (w.r.t skin color as well as other factors like prior medical condition, age, ethnography, etc), stratified study sample. To be kept posted on our progress, do drop your name into our hat here www.biosense.in Thanks!
Myshkin Ingawale
Posted over 3 years ago
Myshkin Ingawale: A blood test without bleeding
We looked closely at how pulse oximeters worked. The question we asked was why could we not use similar photoplethysmography based methods for total Hb detection? After all, commercial pulse-oxes used in ICUs measure the ratio of oxy and de-oxy Hb...so why not total Hb? Fundamentally though, the 2 wavelength system used by pulse-oxes is not enough to do Total Hb. Unfortunately, it took us a year to figure out we had hit a brick wall with our early attempts. Then a third wavelength, additional sensors and some breakthroughs in the math helped us out. By 2011 we had a system that was giving very promising clinical results for Total Hb, as well as your conventional SpO2 and HR. And here we are :)