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Wellspring to tie-up with Kerala's DDRC

The joint venture is being looked upon as a turning point in the evolving diagnostic scenario in Kerala.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 19:44 IST

Wellspring, a fully owned subsidiary of Nicholas Piramal Ltd, will enter into a strategic alliance with the Kerala-based Doctors Diagnostic and Research Centre (DDRC), the largest diagnostic network in the state, for super speciality investigations.

The JV 'DDRC Wellspring Pathlab Diagnostics' will be formally launched on September 29 by state Health and Family Welfare Minister, P K Sreemathy. State Fisheries Minister S Sarma and Nicholas Piramal India Ltd Chairman Ajay C Piramal, would attend the function.

Speaking at a press meet in Kochi, Vice President Wellspring Pathlab Diagnostics Girish Mehta said the JV would be a 'path breaking' turning point in the evolving diagnostic scenario in the state as the new alliance would bring together the best of world class technology and expertise.

Wellspring, has presence in all major cities and towns with over 40 centres. By partnering with DDRC, which has 34 labs in Kerala, the JV will be the largest Pathology diagnostic lab chain in the country.

Wellspring also has overseas plans and would be setting up Patholoy and radiology labs in the next 2-3 years. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, gulf, East African nations were among the countires being targeted, he said.

Wellspring would be investing close to Rs 6 crore in Kerala to upgrade pathology and radiology labs, he said.

He said the JV would be the largest and the only diagnostic chain capable of delivering all Super Speciality investigations through all its 34 centres, 24x7 in the field of Cytogenetics, Immunohistrochemistry, Pathlogy, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Virology, Immunonology and Radiology. (MORE)

The Wellspring pathology laboratories at Mumbai and Kolkata are NABL (ISO-IEC 15189) certified and the promoters aim to get all the centres of the JV certified similarly.

The new venture would have under its wings some of the most advanced diagnostic analysers in the world. The testing menu of Cytogenetics, Immuno-histro-chemistry and PCR would get added to all 34 centres, Dr Ajith Joy, of DDRC said.

Dr Nair said, DDRC Wellspring would be setting up a specimen collection mobile team, comprising of a 30 strong team to make available its services in more areas across the state. A mobile laboratory and a 24 hour ambulance service were also on the anvil, he said.

The JV also has plans to spread its wings to Tamil Nadu.

First Published: Sep 27, 2006 19:44 IST