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    Low-cost X-ray to detect virus among six products Bengaluru startups announced for Covid control

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    It was a matter of pride for the State as they were all developed by local scientists, innovators and research professionals with the government’s support, Ashwath Narayan said. All the six products have been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for immediate use and will also be commercially available.

    Bengaluru: Six startups, incubated at the Bangalore Bio-innovation centre (BBC), have come up with products, all aimed at fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. India was importing some of these products, so far.

    “These products will ease our burden of importing expensive equipment and tools to fight the pandemic,” deputy chief minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said after launching the six products on Tuesday. The initiative was in line with Prime Minister’s Aatma Nirbhar campaign, he added.

    It was a matter of pride for the State as they were all developed by local scientists, innovators and research professionals with the government’s support, Ashwath Narayan said. All the six products have been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for immediate use and will also be commercially available. The government will support and promote these products, the deputy chief minister, who also holds the IT/BT portfolio, said.

    "These products are of superior quality and will contribute in tackling Covid-19 across the country, he said, lauding the startups for developing the products in a short time.

    The government, in a press release, provided some details about the products.

    1. Shieldex 24- a UV-ROS box for COVID 19 sterilization developed by Ravi Kumar from Biofi. It is a device that can eliminate viruses located on an object, and suited for the transportation industry.
    2. 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.
    3. Remote foetal monitoring device - Daksh developed by Dr Arun Agrawal from Janitri, Viral Transport Media- DeConto, targeting Covid-19 positive pregnant women; the device helps remote monitoring of the foetus.
    4. VTM developed by Manjunatha and Dinesh from Deno Bio labs at IBAB; helps in transporting live virus samples from collection centre to the testing lab.
    5. Cov-Astra an AI-based device for detection of covid virus developed by Adarsh Natarajan from Aindra. It can the virus through an x-ray; eliminates the conventional throat swab way of testing people. Cost per detection is significantly lesser at Rs 150-250 per person.
    6. Anti-microbial face-wash containing herbal antimicrobials developed by Dr Latha Damle and team from Atrimed. A herbal product to kill any virus, including Covid-19 on a person’s face.

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