Allan Das is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He and his team at Hummingtec in Pune, India, are developing MedBox, a device that […]
Allan Das is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He and his team at Hummingtec in Pune, India, are developing MedBox, a device that helps monitor medication delivery and reminds people about the prescriptions they’re supposed to take.—Editors.
How does your faith inform how you conduct business?
When my clients buy products from me, they do not pay me because the product is great—they pay because they trust me. That is how a brand is built: by proving to be trustworthy.
Over the years God has proved that He can be trusted. God has never failed to bring new clients or resources we need to survive and grow. My faith compels me to be trustworthy in everything.
What product do you produce, and who, specifically, is your clientele?
We will be producing a medication dispenser; our clients will be doctors, medical administrators, patients, pharmacies, and insurance companies. The medical superintendent of one of the top three hospitals in India asked when we would be able to deliver the product. We have applied for a patent, but we are self-funding, so we are not yet in the production phase.
How is your product an improvement on what’s existed before?
We help doctors monitor the medications of their patients. The device communicates with pharmacists and insurance companies so that a patient’s entire medication process will be seamless.
Can you share a story about how your product has improved the life of an individual?
I visited a slum on one of my field survey trips. After I had explained my product to students from the local community, a boy asked how much the product cost. I had only a prototype with me, so I told him that the product was not yet ready for sale. I asked for whom he wanted to buy it. He told me that his mother, a day-wage worker, was asthmatic and had to take medications regularly. If she forgot to take her medications she would struggle to sleep after a long day’s work. Though the problem may seem trivial, people lose their lives because they do not take their medications regularly.