KARNATAKA

Eight products to help fight COVID-19 launched

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwathnarayan, who is also the Minister of IT, BT and Science & Technology, on Thursday launched eight products aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 through an online platform.

These products include four “immunity boosters” (tea, tablet, chapati, drops) and apparatus for contactless monitoring of vitals, water sanitiser, fruits and vegetables sanitiser, and AC air sanitiser. These products have been developed by startups at the Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre (BBC), an initiative of Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS).

The Deputy CM said, “These technologies and products show that Karnataka has emerged as a leading State in developing solutions to fight the pandemic, which is a result of the robust innovation ecosystem here.”

Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Managing Director of BBC, said they have launched a support platform for innovators developing products for fighting COVID-19.

BBC signed an MoU with IIM, Bangalore. Prof. K. Kumar, Dean, IIM said that expertise and capabilities of IIM in market analysis and scale-up of businesses help in access to venture capital, including hand holding of startups after they have done proof of concept studies at BBC.

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