Covid-19 research: 45 Bengaluru startups working on medicine, testing methods and vaccine – Economic Times

Bangalore: The State Government will set up a committee to ensure co-ordination between the government and private firms that are engaged in research work to come up with solutions to control the spread of Covid-19 as well as a cure for it.

Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Thursday asked the IT/BT department to set up a committee at the earliest. The deputy chief minister took a decision to this effect after he visited Bengaluru Bio Innovation Centre.

About 45 startups are working at the innovation centre on projects to find a vaccine, medicine and quick testing technology for Covid 19, he said.

Narayan, who holds the IT/BT portfolio as well, interacted with the young entrepreneurs. "I am glad that all startups here are working to find a solution to the pandemic. Some are at clinical trial stage while a few have already applied for with the competent authorities for conducting tests, he remarked.

ROBOT AT WORK: He unveiled the Programmable Robot that would separate the Saliva from the swab in no time. The robot developed by SN Life Sciences has an ability to test eight different samples at a time, he said.

On the overall research work taking place at the innovation centre, he said: "This is a great sign for Bengaluru, Karnataka and India, he said adding that a quick solution will help to ensure a balance between life and livelihood.

He also commended the efforts Neuome Technologies which has a technology that enables on-the-spot testing within 5 minutes for asymptomatic as well as symptomatic cases.

Ashwath Narayan visited the Centre for Human Genetics and Bio Informatics and inspected the lab there.

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