About the Authors

Chaitali Nikam

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Manjula Jagannath

Affiliation bigtecLabs, bigtec Pvt.Ltd, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, India

Manoj Mulakkapurath Narayanan

Affiliation bigtecLabs, bigtec Pvt.Ltd, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, India

Vinaya Ramanabhiraman

Affiliation bigtecLabs, bigtec Pvt.Ltd, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, India

Mubin Kazi

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Anjali Shetty

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Camilla Rodrigues

dr_crodrigues@hindujahospital.com

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Competing Interests

Manjula Jagannath, Manoj Mulakkapurath Narayanan and Vinaya Ramanabhiraman are employees of bigtec Labs, the funder of this study. The Truenat MTB test is based on a proprietary primer set/TaqMan probe designed by bigtec Labs. Bigtec holds patents in various countries for the Truelab handheld PCR device (PCT Pub. No. WO/2009/047804) and and microchip (PCT Pub. No WO/2009/047805). Authors Manjula Jagannath, Manoj Mulakkapurath Narayanan, Vinaya Ramanabhiraman, are involved in training and use of bigtec devices. There are no further patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Reviewed the manuscript: CR AS. Conceived and designed the experiments: CN MJ MMN. Performed the experiments: CN VR. Analyzed the data: CN MJ MMN MK. Wrote the paper: CN.