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The Karnataka government-supported start-ups within the state have produced 6 products domestically to sort out coronavirus, which at the moment are being imported, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan mentioned on Tuesday.

Speaking on the official launch of those products, Ashwath Narayan, who holds the portfolio of IT-BT, Science and Technology and Higher Education, mentioned it was a matter of delight for the state because the role of Kannadigas was important in creating the products.

“These products will reduce our burden of importing expensive equipment and tools in preventing this pandemic.

We must take pride in the fact that we have reached this level of innovating and producing locally,” mentioned the Deputy Chief Minister.

All the 6 products have been authorised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for instant use.

The products may even be commercially out there with quick impact;

The Shieldex 24, Fluorescent probes and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) mix for Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) detection, Remote foetal monitoring device referred to as Daksh, Viral Transport Medium, Cov-Astra an AI-based device for detection of COVID-19 by means of an X-Ray and anti-microbial face wash containing natural antimicrobials.

According to the Department of IT-BT and Science and Technology, Shieldex 24, developed by Ravi Kumar from Biofi, can remove viruses situated on any object.

Fluorescence Probes by Dr Govindarajan and Dr Meher Prakash from VNIR, are a part of the Covid-19 test kits.

Daksh, developed by Dr Arun Agrawal from Janitri, is beneficial for Covid-19 positive pregnant ladies because it helps distant monitoring of the foetus.

Viral Transport Medium, developed by Manjunatha and 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 coronavirus, is developed by Adarsh Nararajan from Aindra. It is taken into account as a big breakthrough that may detect Covid-19 virus by means of an X-Ray and eliminates the standard throat swab way of testing individuals.

Per detection, the cost is considerably lesser at 150 to 250 per individual.

Anti-microbial face wash containing natural antimicrobials, developed by Dr Latha Damle and group from Atrimed, can kill any virus, together with Covid-19 virus, from any individual’s face within seconds, the department stated.

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