Covid-19: Over 150 tech proposals reach accelerator in 2 days | India News

BENGALURU: More than 150 proposals relating to technological innovations relating to Covid-19 have reached a special Covid-19 focussed accelerator launched in Bengaluru, and four proposals have been shortlisted for assessment.
The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP) in Bengaluru, along with the United Nations Health Innovation Exchange (UNHIE) and Social Alpha announced an open call inviting innovators, startups and entrepreneurs with breakthrough innovations that are ready to deploy immediately or in the near future.
The special Covid-19 focussed accelerator named “Covid-19 Innovations Deployment Accelerator” or CIDA, is an attempt to align near deployment-ready innovations with unmet needs and help them overcome last-mile gaps wherever and however possible.
CCAMP, which initiated the programme, had opened the call on 26 March, and the first two days it said, “has already received 150+ submissions and 4 innovations have been shortlisted after the first two days of assessment. More will be added to the list in the days to come.”
“CCAMP, India’s premier biosciences innovation hub and one of the largest bio-incubators in the country have joined hands with Social Alpha and UNHIE to provide 360-degree acceleration support to such solutions,” CCAMP said.
Through CIDA, innovators will be able to leverage the extensive ecosystem of scientists, regulators, investors and industry in closing last-mile gaps in commercialising their technologies.
Taslimarif Saiyed, CCAMP CEO and director said: “Few key players from industry are in constant touch with CCAMP to support Covid-19 innovations. CIDA is a step in that direction to help with immediate deployment of solutions wherever we can.”
The accelerator will, on a case-by-case assessment, help fast-track promising innovations for pilot scale deployment, scaling through industry partnership, facilitating regulatory pathways as well as connecting with investors.
“Selected innovations will also get fast track technology assessment and an opportunity for scale-up investment and implementation support as facilitated by UNHIE. Such an opportunity could be a potential ticket to expand beyond India,” CCAMP said.
So far, submitted innovations are being reviewed for market readiness, scientific validity, feasibility and impact. There is no specific last date to submit the applications and they are being assessed daily in batches.

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