Kerala-based Made Tech Startup wins Startup India Grand Challenge 2021


New Delhi: Kerala-based medical technology startup, Saskan Meditech has been declared the winner of the Startup India Grand Challenge 2021 in the medical device category.

Sasken Meditech, incubated in the Technology Business Incubator of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), received a cash grant of Rs 15,00,000.

A statement from the Ministry of Science and Technology said that the award was announced by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant after a rigorous evaluation process and Saskan was selected from among 310 startups that participated in the grand challenge. .

It has developed OralScan, a handheld device for early, accurate and cost-effective detection of cancerous lesions. It is a bio-photonics technology-based device and the results of clinical trials have been published in a scientific journal. OralScan was launched in October 2020 and has reached eight states in India.

Its second product, CurviScan, a handheld non-invasive device for cervical cancer screening and early detection of cervical cancer, will be launched soon.

The startup was also recently selected as the winner of the Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award 2021 from the Anjani Mashelkar Foundation to recognize, reward and encourage people responsible for creating value for society in the science, technology and innovation domains. is attached to.

The startup, founded by scientist-turned-biomedical entrepreneur Subhash Narayanan, focuses on developing affordable healthcare products and solutions for cancer care and screening based on biophotonics and allied technologies.

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