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New Technologies for the Developing World
Duraisami, Managing Director of Aurolab, Madurai, India—well-known
for its low-priced intraocular lenses (IOLs)—described how applying the
principles of affordability for all and self-sustenance can create different
incentives in pricing that allow for maximal societal benefit rather than for
maximal corporate profit. With this approach, he explained how Aurolabs
has been able to expand their offerings beyond low-priced IOLs, to include
pharmaceuticals, sutures, blades, cameras, and lasers, all while maintaining
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the lowest price possible to keep developing the business. In fact, Aurolabs
now creates an entire kit of all consumables needed for cataract surgery
for just $12. Looking ahead to new innovations, Duraisami emphasized
that affordability must always be part of the equation. With some of the
outrageous prices at which drugs and devices hit the US market and how
this affects our rising healthcare costs, this point applies not just to the
developing world, but here at home as well. n
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