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Dabur OncQuest to expand operations to Pakistan, Dubai

Dabur OncQuest, the cancer diagnostics arm of Dabur Group, is planning to enter Pakistan, Dubai and other south Asian countries. “We are already present in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Now, we are focusing on other countries such as Pakistan and also Dubai for our new tool CML Quest,” said Dabur OncQuest General Manager Aditya Burman. The company has recently launched its operations in Nepal by setting up a collection centre in Kathmandu and is soon going to set up two more such units at other places in that country. CML Quest is a diagnostic tool based on the Imanitib Drug Resistance Mutation Analysis that helps in ascertaining if Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia patients are resistant to a given drug and in deciding whether higher dosages would be required or a combination therapy would be needed. The company said its decision to focus on the neighbouring Markets and go slow on the more lucrative western Markets was taken after giving due consideration to logistics for sending of blood samples. “Entering in Pakistan may take little longer as there are some logistics issue involved in it but once we set our center in Dubai, it is possible for us to enter Pakistan comfortably,” Burman said. He added that it may take 2-3 years in actually starting the operations in these countries. The company would be first looking at establishing its collection centre in Dubai and is also exploring the possibility of setting up a bigger lab there to cater to the adjoining areas in the Middle East. Setting up of this lab would also be helpful for the company in expanding its operations in central Asian region through Pakistan. “Besides Dubai, we are also very seriously considering the option of setting and expanding our infrastructure in other countries of Southeast Asia,” Burman said. When asked about the investments, he said the company is going to spend around Rs 10 crore per annum in expanding its network and the cost of setting up laboratories would be much more than that. Dabur Oncquest is also looking to expand operations in India. Its activities spread across more than 45 cities in the country.

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