How India’ science capital is helping fight the Corona battle

How India’ science capital is helping fight the Corona battle

Bengaluru leads the way with innovative tech projects

BENGALURU: From start-ups to hospitals and scientific institutions, Karnataka, dubbed India’s science capital, has responded overwhelmingly with multiple technological innovations and proposals to help India battle Covid-19, a disease that has pushed most of the country’s 1.3 billion people to stay indoors.

Many institutions, startups, defence laboratories, PSUs and independent innovators have technologies that hold potential.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is leading with at least 12 technologies that could aid efforts in tackling the pandemic. Its latest invention is an aerosol shield to protect medical personnel treating critical Covid-19 patients, developed at the request of doctors at Nimhans.

A team from IISc’s Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing has built four such shields in 48 hours.

A team from IISc’s Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing has built four such shields in 48 hours.

At Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), scientists have developed a one-step curable (able to dry) anti-microbial coating which when sprayed on surfaces has the potential to contain the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. The project was approved for funding by the department of science and technology, after TOI reported about it.

Another researcher at the institute, Santosh Ansumali, along with IISc’s Aloke Kumar, was among the first to create a state-wise Covid-19 projection model in India.

Defence PSU BEL has stepped in to manufacture and supply 30,000 ventilators for ICUs within the next two months. It has tied up with Skanray, a Mysuru-based company.

These are some of the innovations in the works…

– In SARS-CoV-2, initial attachment of the virion to the host cell is initiated by interactions between S-protein and its receptor. The guiding mechanism is negative transmembrane potential of the host cells

– SHYCOCAN is intended to disable S-protein in the virus by neutralising it with negatively charged electrons. The device, which can produce 10 to 100 trillion ions per second, is able to provide an electron density of a minimum 6 trillion per cubic centimetre at a distance of at least 12 centimetres from the canon.
AEROSOL SHIELD

– Developed by IISc team led by Manish Arora

– Developed by IISc team led by Manish Arora

– While placing a patient on a ventilator or for anaesthesia, a tube is inserted into the patient’s airway through his/her mouth. This exposes the medical team to air exhaled by the patient, which might carry aerosolised infectious virus. This shield is meant to protect them

HEXACOPTER

– Developed by General Aeronautics, a startup at IISc

– Was first used by the Bengaluru municipal corporation (BBMP) to spray disinfectants

– Now, Bengaluru city police are trying surveillance & audio messaging to enforce lockdown

– Being developed by IISc team led by Sai Siva Gorthi

– Goal is to scale up diagnostic testing capabilities and cut down turnaround times from sample collection to test results from 3 days to 1 day

Source:https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/how-indias-science-capital-is-helping-fight-the-corona-battle/articleshow/75121824.cms