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The role mentors play in successful start-ups

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Blood tests to detect illnesses is now standard practice, but screening DNA to check for risks of diseases is something new. This would have been just an idea had Saleem Mohammed not met his mentor, A. Balachandaran, at the Technology Business Incubator in Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in January 2011.

In the next few years, Mohammed developed a genomic technology process to screen DNA that became the core product, named Lifelong Wellness, for Xcode Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd, the company he founded in 2012.


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Xcode is a pioneer in personal genomics, focussed on enabling personalized preventive healthcare. We are dedicated to empowering physicians, wellness professionals and customers with the most validated, accurate and actionable genomic information to positively impact and improve their client’s health and quality of life.

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