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IISc Startup develops RT- PCR diagnostic kits for diagnosis of COVID- 19 patients

New Delhi :

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore’s incubated Start-up, Equine Biotech has developed an accurate and affordable RT-PCR diagnostic kit called “GlobalTM diagnostic kit” for diagnosis of COVID-19 patients in just 1.5 hours. The kit is easy to use & takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples.
The test kit is based on the Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, which is reportedly “the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis”. The test kit has been approved for use in authorized COVID-19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

RT-PCR diagnostic test kit –
Utpal Tatu, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, IISc, and founder of Equine Biotech gave much helpful information regarding Equine Biotech startup and the indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic test kit for COVID-19. He said, “Our startup has been working on testing for coronavirus infections for many years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic started. This experience has helped us engineer the kit for COVID-19.”

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweeted –
Education Minister also congratulated the innovators for this innovation which is indeed the requirement of the hour. He through his official social media handle appreciated the team.
“.@iiscbangalore’s incubated startup, Equine Biotech, has developed an accurate & affordable test kit for the #COVID-19. The kit is easy to use & takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples. Well done!”, tweeted Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Education Minister.

IIT Madras develops ‘MOUSHIK’ Microprocessor for IoT devices


New Delhi :

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) has developed ‘MOUSHIK’, a microprocessor that can cater to the rapidly growing IoT (The Internet of Things) devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connectivity of physical objects such as vehicles, devices, buildings, and electronics, and the networks that allow them to interact, collect and exchange data.

Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure –
MOUSHIK is a processor cum ‘system on chip’ which has been conceptualized, designed and developed at the Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras. The Project is funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. MOUSHIK is an Indigenous RISC-V Microprocessor and is the third chip of the SHAKTI family, all of which were conceptualized and developed by this Centre and were first time ‘silicon successes.’

The Field Applications of ‘MOUSHIK’ include:
– Smart cards including Credit cards, ID Cards, Debit cards, Travel Cards for Metros and Driving Licenses
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
– Office Management Systems including Attendance, surveillance cameras and safe locks
– Personalized Health Management Systems
– Consumer Electronics including but not restricted to – Washing Machines and Water pump monitoring systems

IIT Gandhinagar finds new molecule to be used as targeted therapy for Prostrate Cancer


New Delhi :

Indian Institute for Technology (IIT Gandhinagar) has found a new molecule that can be used as targeted therapy for Prostrate Cancer. Prostrate Cancer is the secondly most occurring cancer in men worldwide. This needs androgen hormone to grow. Prostrate Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer cells, and can then spread to other areas of the body.

Found by the researchers –
Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen. The prostate is below the bladder (the hollow organ where urine is stored) and in front of the rectum (the last part of the intestines). Just behind the prostate are glands called seminal vesicles that make most of the fluid for semen. The urethra, which is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, goes through the center of the prostate. The molecule found by the researchers will help to be used as targeted therapy for the treatment of Prostrate Cancer.

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