The CellCentives Team

CellCentives - A Mobile phone based software solution for drug regimen adherence

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Nishanth and Viji were introduced to the problem at a talk by Amy Smith and came up with the initial solution. Amy provided initial feedback and support for their idea. Amy also introduced her D-Lab student, Rany, to Nishanth and Viji. Viji's friend Arvind joined the team to provide a management perspective.

We entered our solution into the MIT IDEAS COMPETITION through the Yunus Innovation Challenge to alleviate poverty. 


CellCentives wins the $7,500 Yunus Innovation Challenge Award! Click here for press coverage.

Nishanth Sastry

Nishanth Sastry is a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a visiting student at MIT CSAIL. Prior to this, he was at IBM Research. An alumnus of IBM’s Extreme Blue program, he has experience in bringing novel ideas to market within a short time period. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's degree from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Viji Draviam

Viji Draviam is a postdoctoral associate in Harvard Medical School and MIT. She has a PhD from University of Cambridge, UK, in cell biology and tumor biology. As part of Association for India's Development in MIT (AID-MIT), she has interacted with several NGOs operating in rural India in health care sectors. She brings AID-MIT's NGO network as a resource to CellCentives.

Mythili Vutukuru

Mythili Vutukuru is a graduate student at MIT CSAIL and is helping us set up the initial field trial in Hyderabad, India.


Rany Woo

Rany Woo is a premedical student at MIT majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She has extensive experience organizing charity and benefit events, receiving the 2006 MIT Public Service Center's Service Leadership Award. Through MIT D-Lab, she will be traveling to rural areas in India to establish valuable contacts with DOTS coordinators and TB patients.

Arvind Ramaswamy

Arvind Ramaswamy is a product manager at HP and has an MBA from Cornell University. He brings management expertise, along with a strong technical and business foundation. He has extensive experience in the IT industry, having worked as an early employee of a successful start-up as well as with large, multinational organizations.