DyCM launches 6 innovative products developed by Bengaluru startups to tackle COVID-19


In a major boost to tackle Covid-19 in Karnataka, 6 products that are being imported so far, have been developed locally by startups supported by the Government. Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C.N. Ashwathnarayan, who launched these 6 products today, said that it was a matter of pride for the state as the role of Bengaluru startups scientists, innovators and research professionals in developing the products locally was significant.

Start-ups incubated and mentored at the Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre (BBC), to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, developed the 6 products. _“These products will reduce our burden of importing expensive equipment and tools in fighting this pandemic. This initiative of developing products locally is in line with our honourable Prime Minister’s Aatma Nirbhar Abhiyaan. We must take pride of the fact that we have reached this level of innovating and producing locally,”_ said Dr. Ashwath Naryan, who is also the minister for IT & BT.

All the 6 products have been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for immediate use. The products will also be commercially available with immediate effect. The government will support and promote these products.

Dr. Ashwath Narayan lauded the efforts of the startups and the scientists in developing the products in a short turnaround time. _"These products are of superior quality and will contribute in tackling Covid-19 across the country. I congratulate all the startups and the innovators for bringing out these products in time,”_ he added.

Dr Ramana Reddy, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary to the Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka and Chairman, BBC; Mr. P Pradeep, Secretary to the DyCM and Dr Jitendra Kumar, Managing Director, BBC, were present on the occasion.

The 6 products launched are:

-- Shieldex 24- a UV-ROS box for COVID 19 sterilization developed by Mr Ravi Kumar fromBiofi; It is a device that can eliminate virus located on any object; ideal for applications in the transportation industry.

-- Florescence probes and PCR mix for RTPCR detection developed by Dr Govindarajan and Dr Meher Prakash from VNIR. The probes are part of the Covid-19 test kits; the probes are currently imported. Without the probe, virus detection is not possible.

-- Remote foetal monitoring device - Daksh developed by Dr Arun Agrawal from Janitri, Viral Transport Media- DeConto. This is useful for Covid-19 positive pregnant women; the device helps remote monitoring of the foetus.

-- VTM developed by Mr Manjunatha and Mr Dinesh from Deno Bio labs at IBAB; helps in safely transporting the live virus sample from the sample collection centre to the testing lab.

-- Cov-Astra an AI-based device for detection of developed by Mr Adarsh Nararajan from Aindra A significant breakthrough that can detect Covid-19 virus through an x-ray; eliminates the conventional throat swab way of testing people. Cost per detection is significantly lesser at INR 150-250 per person.

-- Anti-microbial face wash containing herbal antimicrobials developed by Dr Latha Damle and team from Atrimed. A herbal product that can kill any virus, including Covid-19 virus from any person’s face within seconds

In a major boost to tackle Covid-19 in Karnataka, 6 products that are being imported so far, have been developed locally by startups supported by the Government.

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