Akshaya Shanmugam – Chennai Girl who made to Forbes list under 30


Forbes Magazine has released its 30 Under 30 list for the year 2018 and it features the best of young, bright entrepreneurs and visionaries, 600 to be accurate from 20 industries and this year, the selectors received 15,000+ nominations for just 600 spots. Chennai girl Akshaya Shanmugam 29 years old, CEO of Lumme Inc. has made India proud by making it to the list of for developing a software that can help smokers quit smoking and even predict a relapse.

Shanmugam is an Anna University, Chennai Graduate in Electrical Engineering with a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her venture is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has raised USD 1.7 million. The mission was to make an effective quit program for smokers with the combination of wearable sensors, data analytics, and behavioral psychology. They wanted to help people with addiction quit smoking using technology that is scalable, affordable, and personalized. The best part is that they came up with an idea of a wearable and handy device, which is in the form of a smart watch that senses the smoker’s behavior, social interactions and movements and predicts a likely relapse. It sends them a notification six minutes before they are likely to smoke by telling them not to light the cigarette and not to smoke.

Shanmugan told that she will tie up with corporates so that they can include this as part of their employee wellness programs and told that this technology is in the process of being clinically authenticated and hopes to hit the market by 2018 summers. She further added that they had two national scale clinical trials and are in the midst of the third. With the first two, they were able to make predictions with 95 % accuracy.

She also told about how the journey started, during her PhD days in an area that involves developing health monitoring systems outside hospitals, she met Abhinav Parate who was working on a thesis with wearables. He has wide experience with designing smartphone-based solutions that has been widely used by research groups. Then, along with Parate and a few other professors, she set up Lumme to solve the global addiction smoking problem.

After getting selected on Forbes’ list, Akshaya was on cloud nine and her family was proud of their daughter and she expressed her joy on social media by writing, “It is an absolute honor to be on the Forbes 30 under 30 in Healthcare along with game changers and visionaries in the field!

We are so proud of you Akshaya that you have made India proud by your good deeds of developing a software that can help smokers quit smoking. Long way to go girl!!


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