Techie from Trivandrum in MIT’s ‘Innovators under 35’ list


Trivandrum: Dr. Rahul Alex Panicker, a techie from Thiruvananthapuram, has found place in an annual list of Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review. For over a decade, the global media company, wholly owned by MIT, has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For his work in the field of biotechnology and medicine, Rahul has been recognized as a humanitarian on the list.

rpRahul is the President and co-founder of Bangalore based Embrace Innovations, where his passion is entrepreneurship and product innovation at the confluence of people and technology.

Embrace is a medical device company that helps save vulnerable babies in rural areas of developing countries through its innovative infant warmer and other medical devices. The Embrace infant warmer works with or without electricity, can be used by minimally trained users, and is portable and costs a fraction of traditional incubators. The Embrace warmers have reached over 200,000 babies in over 15 countries over the last 3.5 years, and new products that incorporate IoT and AI algorithms are in the works for remote diagnostics.

Rahul has previously won The Economist Innovation Award 2013, Industrial Design Society of America’s Gold Award, and was recognized as Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 by the World Economic Forum. He has a B Tech from IIT Madras, and a Masters, and PhD in artificial intelligence and optics from Stanford University. 34 year old Rahul is the son of P C Mathen Panicker and Moly Panicker of Vayalikada.

Interacting with Kerala IT News, Rahul said, “This recognition hopefully highlights the quality of work we are doing, and shows that world-class innovation is possible from India. It is a huge honour to be recognized in the company of Larry (Page) and Sergei (Brin), or Mark (Zuckerberg). I am sure this would inspire more young innovators to pursue their passion, grab that solder-iron, and go change the world.”

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief & Publisher said, “Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Rahul to this prestigious list.”

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News