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Six health start-ups to get Rs 65 lakhs each under Pfizer’s INDovation programme

Pfizer will provide the grant as well as mentorship and technical assistance to the six winning health start-ups while its programme partner Social Alpha will provide the programme acceleration support.

September 12, 2022 / 04:40 PM IST
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Drugmaker Pfizer on September 12 announced six winners of the first edition of the Pfizer INDovation incubation initiative for healthcare start-ups. Pfizer will provide the grant as well as mentorship and technical assistance to the winners, while its programme partner Social Alpha will provide the programme acceleration support.

The six winners will be given a grant of Rs 65 lakh each and also receive incubation support from Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, and IIT Delhi, which are among Pfizer Limited’s partners for the programme; the others are Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), Accelerating Growth of New India's Innovations (AGNIi), and knowledge partner Health Innovation Exchange (UNHIEX).

The winners under the ‘Digital Health’ category are: BrainSight Technologies Pvt Ltd’s Voxel Box, which uses an AI-based computational engine to extract brain connectivity and activity patterns, and hard-to-understand structural features, as well as temporally dynamic symptoms; RAMJA Genosensor provides a rapid, easy, and cost-effective novel paper-based device to detect microbial infection and antimicrobial resistance in less than two hours; AI Health Highway India Pvt Ltd’s Ai-Steth is a smart stethoscope to screen, detect and predict heart and lung disorders using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Winners under the ‘Oncology’ category are: Oncophenomics Life Sciences Pvt Ltd. has developed a tumour-informed liquid biopsy CGP test that helps circumvent the issues of non-approachable biopsy regions; Pragmatech Healthcare Solutions Pvt’s CERVICHECK™ Kit provides a clinically conclusive and comprehensive solution for effective preventive cervical cancer screening implementation in a low resource setting, by addressing India-centric challenges of low-recall and drop-outs; Tera Lumen Solutions Pvt Ltd. has developed a non-invasive imaging device that can detect accurate cancer margins intraoperatively and rapidly (within ten minutes of surgery).