Monday, October 26, 2015

Rebooting India, now on Amazon

Slightly off-topic, but Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations (by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah) is now up for pre-order on Amazon. I carried out the research for this book, and helped with the writing and editing as well. I may be biased, but I think this book offers an excellent perspective on how technology can be used to radically re-imagine government, as well as how technology can be used to address some of the biggest challenges that India faces (which, by the way, includes an entire chapter on Indian healthcare). Do take a look and share your thoughts!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Updates on the GVK story

Earlier this year, I'd posted some quick links about GVK Biosciences, a Hyderabad-based clinical research organization which was accused of falsifying clinical trial data on a massive scale, ultimately leading to 700 generic drugs tested by GVK being banned in the European Union pending further investigation.

Since then, the story has gotten murkier. First, this investigative report claims that the entire situation was precipitated by an affair between two employees, a married executive and his subordinate. The two eloped, the police were called in, and as they searched the executive's email, found that he had sent emails "to every major drug regulatory authority in the world raising doubts about the quality of clinical research conducted at GVK Biosciences."