C-CAMP has emerged as a thriving hub for innovation with a vibrant ecosystem. We have interacted with over 400 inventors and entrepreneurs and encouraged them to translate their inventions into innovation. Till date C-CAMP has supported over 85 start-ups/spin-offs through funding, bio-incubation and mentorship.
Achira Labs is a Bangalore-based start-up whose primary focus is the development of a proprietary lab-on-chip platform to perform rapid, quantitative and multiplexed immunoassays. Their innovative Fabchip platform uses existing expertise and capital infrastructure available in the handloom textile industry to manufacture biological sensors using woven fabric. Their first product ACIX-100 is a proprietary platform that has been calibrated to perform POC tests for HCG (pregnancy), thyroid hormones, and female fertility hormones. Achira has procured follow-on funding from Catamaran Ventures. They are also funded by IGSTC, ICMR, and Grand Challenges Canada.
Bagmo is a Bangalore-based start-up working towards addressing issues of poor blood transfusion facilities in rural areas in India. Their first product is a novel blood bag monitoring solution while blood is being transported to rural areas. Blood storage centres (BSCs) address the issue of blood availability to most of the remote locations in India. Bagmo is developing a networked smart temperature tracking system for blood bags. Each blood product (blood bag) comes with a unique radiofrequency identity (RFID) and every BSC storage units has a RFID scanner and efficient, smart temperature sensors. The proposed solution will ensure reliability of blood products.
The wet labs for Cellworks Research India Ltd was working at C-CAMP to validate the bacterial virtual platforms that aid therapeutic product design. Cellworks is a biopharmaceutical therapeutic design and development company based on platform predicting clinical outcomes. The project was focused on building the labs abilities to identify and grade chemically vulnerable targets for anti-infectives and develop mechanism-biased drug screening assays.
Coeo Labs is a young med-tech start-up focused on innovative medical devices for Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care. The medical device start-up, has developed VAPCare which is a complete tracheal secretion management device. It is embedded with sensors and removes secretions from three different locations in the oral cavity and trachea, thus preventing micro-organism entering the lungs, which causes Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP). Coeo was able to test full functionality of the product using an airway mannequin. This is the only device in market which can do automated oral hygiene and secretion management. The proprietary sensing techniques sense the secretion and manage it. It also takes care of oral hygiene and prevents VAP. Coeo has raised follow-on funding from several sources and their product is ready for launch.
df3d is a Bangalore-based startup focused on developing a platform technology for healthcare solutions using 3D printed medical models and customized 3D printed surgical guides. At Osteo3d, they enable maxillofacial, cranial and orthopaedic surgeons to leverage 3d printing and increase accuracy and reduce lead time of surgical procedures by means of 3d printed medical models and 3d printed surgical guides and implants. They have launched their product and are generating revenue. They have secured follow-on funding from GO Idea2POC scheme.
Empathy Design Labs
Empathy Design Labs is a Bangalore-based company working on developing a fetal monitoring device to prevent still births in developing countries. As per WHO report - 2.6 million stillbirths take place every year across the globe. More than 98% of these still births occur in developing countries like India. Empathy is designing a device to prevent stillbirths in developing countries by introducing an affordable, wearable, effective, and non-invasive screening and monitoring tool. Post completing early clinical studies, they plan to introduce the product into the Indian market in late 2018.
Indio Labs was founded by an alumnus of the Stanford-India Biodesign Program. This company is developing platform technology devices for soft tissue core biopsy (BioScoop™) and BxSeal™ technology for controlled, concurrent delivery of hemostatic agents during the biopsy procedure. In addition, their handheld device would perform automated cytometric analysis, and display the quantitative results on its screen; thereby totally eliminating the need for having a skilled personnel as well as laboratory resources to conduct these diagnostics. They have completed the design and development activities, created intellectual property, and have extended the device for all soft organ biopsy. They have also raised follow-on funding.
InnAccel Acceleration Services
InnAccel Acceleration Services is India's first medical technology acceleration company focused on innovation for low and mid-income markets. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is the director of Clinical Innovation at Innaccel and leads the development of affordable medical devices for the company. He leads a team working on a technology called Noxeno, which is a novel, dedicated, easy to use device for effective removal of impacted foreign bodies (NFB) from the nasal cavity in children by GPs and/or health workers in underserved areas. Noxeno was launched recently. Another product, Sinucare - a balloon sinuplasty device for sinusitis, has been launched. They have recently started generating revenue and have secured follow-on funding.
Jiva Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
Jiva Sciences Pvt. Ltd. is a start-up working in the area of microfluidics and lab automation, currently developing solutions in the area of animal and human cell type identification. Their current focus is in the following areas:
1. Microfluidics & Photonics based Cell Sorting
2. Microfluidics & Photonics based Point-of-Care Diagnostics
3. Lab Automation
Their primary focus as an organization is in tune with the “Make in India” objective, through focusing on building hardware that can contribute towards issues of national importance as well as fit the technical dearth in our country.
Mimyk is a spin-off from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. They work on developing immersive medical simulation technologies. They combine hardware and Software to build next-gen simulation platforms. The current focus at Mimyk is an endoscopy simulation platform. Mimyk’s technology is developed through a collaborative research and development activity carried out at the M2D2 Lab, IISc and the Visualization and Graphics Lab (VGL), IISc. We are incubated at the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), IISc. They have secured follow-on funding from the ELEVATE100 scheme of Govt. of Karnataka.
Module Innovations is a Pune-based company developing strip-based biosensors for the detection of E. coli in food and clinical samples. Module envisions to bring healthcare parity by making systems which can detect diseases at the point of care, without needing a laboratory, trained manpower, electricity and easy to interpret results with colorimetric readouts. Their product portfolio currently includes three devices: EcoSense (for E. coli detection), Usense (detection of specific Uropathogens) and Csense (screening of cervical cancer). They have raised follow-on funding from several sources.
Nesa Medtech is a medical device start-up working towards excellence in the Research & Development of Medical devices. They are developing an accessible, minimally invasive procedure to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids safely and effectively. Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. Nesa proposes to develop a minimally-invasive device for in-office use to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. This can be achieved by ablating fibroids using a radio frequency electrode inserted through the uterine cavity under local anesthesia with real-time guidance through a trans-vaginal ultrasound. They have secured follow-on funding from GOK through the Idea2POC scheme.
NextGen Invitro Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.
NextGen Invitro Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd. is a Delhi based start-up and a C-CAMP incubatee that takes up Research Process and developed products areas of novel and point of care diagnostics. Their business model is to develop and commercialize state of the art diagnostics. They have several Indian and International collaborations for Licensing better diagnostics. They have solutions for Point Of Care and multiplexing disease diagnosis platform for Tuberculosis, Malaria and Leishmaniasis.
Oreva Medicare Research Pvt Ltd.
Oreva Medicare Research Pvt Ltd. works on a hands free "electronic larynx" which is affordable, aesthetic in appearance with near normal sound quality. It is also working on an alaryngeal speech device to provide near normal speech for laryngectomee patients. Their proposed solution is conceptualized as an affordable device that would have functions of pitch adjustment and variation together with loudness, producing near normal voice. The device would enable the user to operate mobile phones, microphones and other electronic devices. The device would have a hands free design with decreased radiated noise and better cosmetic acceptability. Their product is aimed to be an affordable way to non-surgically rehabilitate patients who have undergone laryngectomy to restore near normal voice.
Prantae is a Bhubaneshwar-based start-up working on the development of a diagnostic platform for the miR-based detection of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia (PE) is one of top four causes of maternal deaths during pregnancy. Prantae proposes to translate the potential of identified miRs into an affordable clinical platform for early prediction of PE. They aim to develop a plasmonic biosensor detection optical unit capable of measuring a specially engineered gold nanoparticle based biosensor harboring a DNA probe specific to PE miR. The proposed innovation is expected to have a significant socio-economic impact. Early diagnosis of PE not only ensures timely intervention during pregnancy but also will impact the expenditure on the neonatal care due to PE induced pre-term emergency deliveries.
Scidogma Research is a Bangalore-based company that develops cost-effective medical technology to serve low-resource settings. Their first product- CNC microscope – an automated microscope that provides a platform for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, for disease diagnosis. It’s a portable device with a compact lens system and image capturing features. It has been successfully designed for malaria diagnosis and can be used in remote areas in developing countries where healthcare sector is still underdeveloped. CNC microscope is revolutionary in microscopic based diagnosis. Further, it has features to share the images through cloud for further analysis and real time monitoring of outbreaks.
Sensivision is a young start-up that focuses on finding innovative and affordable medical device solutions for Neonatal health challenges and is currently engaged in developing a device for treating Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, a complication of Asphyxia in Neonates. Sensivision’s solution, REVIVE, will be a comprehensive HIE management system with treatment, diagnosis and prognostication integrated on a single device. The product is currently in the final stages of prototyping.
Shanmukha Innovations intends to develop an imaging-based point-of-care diagnostic device, which can fully-automate the complete work flow of conventional clinical microscopy. He is incubated at the Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical Systems (RBCCPS), IISc. A custom designed portable digital microscope augmented with dedicated microfluidic lab-on-chips would enable process automation, as well as, cost-effective implementation of microscopic diagnosis of malaria. Such an inexpensive, portable, and easy-to-use diagnostic device is expected to greatly enhance the quality of health-care available to the rural population of the world.
Shilps Sciences is a Bangalore-based start-up focused on harnessing the power of nanotechnology instruments to solve problems in healthcare. They are an developing Atomic Force Microscope and micro-fluidic technologies for isolating single cells for applications in Life Sciences. Shilps Sciences has developed a novel microfluidic technology to isolate and arrange cells. They are now combining this with an Atomic Force Microscope for cancer diagnostics. The company has created IP, built prototype demonstrators and is in an advanced stage of product development. They have ongoing collaborations with cancer labs.
Spotsense in a resident incubate at C-CAMP. It is currently working towards creating simple affordable and accessible diagnostics especially in the field of pediatric medicine. Spittle, the first product by Spotsense is a diagnostic pacifier which has been developed as a platform for saliva based screening of various neonatal health ailments. The first offering on this platform is a rapid diagnostic test for Neonatal Sepsis. The product is currently in prototype stage and expected to be in market by 2018.
Strand Lifesciences: C-CAMP was incubating this BIPP funded Strand life science project initially. Strand Lifesciences focuses on data mining, predictive modeling, computational chemistry, software engineering, bioinformatics, and research biology to develop software and services for life sciences research. At C-CAMP a group from Strand worked on clinical genomics and hepatotoxicity prediction platforms.
Siamaf healthcare is a young start-up incubated at the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science. The company is led by Dr. Subhasis Sarangi. The company is currently working on developing a new method of detecting how far a patient’s cancer has spread. The device works on pulse induction principle and uses magnetic nanoparticles for sentinel lymph node biopsy procedure, rather than the standard radioactive isotopes and blue dye, which improves safety, accessibility, and reduces treatment cost.
Unilumen Photonics is a young venture currently incubated at IIT Madras that specializes in the manufacture of fibre laser systems. By partnering with key research institutions across India, they aim to develop solutions that address the biomedical and bioimaging needs of our society. The product portfolio includes pulsed and CW fibre laser with low, medium and high power optical fibre lasers. Unilumen’s BM series Bio medical laser product is capable of delivering high power optical pulses suitable for photo selective vaporization of prostate tissues, retinal photocoagulation, dental bleaching, treatment of facial vessels and a broad range of clinical applications. They have commercialized their fiber laser products and have started generating revenue. They have also raised private funding for their venture.
Terrablue XT is a Bangalore-based company working on technologies to monitor mental health and manage epilepsy. TerraBlue XT’s portfolio includes TJay, an award winning device for the prediction, detection and management of people with epilepsy. TJay catapulted the company to fame, when it became one of the top three winners of the Innovate for Digital India Challenge in 2015, supported by Intel and Government of India that saw participation for 1900+ startups and individuals. TJay was quickly followed by Xaant, a wearable that helps practice calm, gives intriguing insights about the state of a person’s mind and shows how to beat stress. With its ability to understand mental health quickly, Xaant, currently in the final prototype stage, is expected to create waves in the wellness sector and is poised for release in the global market.
Yostra Labs is a healthcare technology firm pioneering smart innovations to make healthcare more effective, affordable and sustainable for the cost sensitive developing market. Their key focus area is Diabetic Care, with two products on the anvil. They are developing a market-viable Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy screening device called ‘Sparsh’ that makes screening of diabetic patients more accessible and affordable to patients of all socio-economic strata. Yostra is also working on a device for the treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer – Kadam, which enables faster healing of chronic ulcers. They have secured follow-on funding from the Idea2POC scheme from GOK.
Dr. Kalyani is a molecular biologist with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, USA. She is developing an affordable, point of care device for comprehensive and early detection of liver disease. Current diagnostics for detection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease are neither comprehensive nor accurate for all situations and add to increasing costs for patients. Her project will build a technology device utilizing biomarkers miRNA in blood to detect liver disease much earlier, more comprehensively and at an affordable cost bringing clarity and certainty to diagnosis. The goal is to build a point of care device for easy use, eliminating the necessity for trained personnel and laboratories. Successful adoption of the technology will transform the current market, introducing a blood based diagnostic equivalent to the gold standard biopsy.
Dr. Prasanth Rathinam
Dr. Prasanth Rathinam is an individual entrepreneur working on biofilm associated medical device to prevent urinary tract infection. Prashanth received his Doctoral degree from VIT University, Vellore in Renal diseases (Especially Nosocomial Infections). His research interests include cell-cell communication in pathogens/anti-virulence mechanisms/Devise associated nosocomial infections/Biologically improved devises. He is currently working on biofilm associated medical device infections and with the help of the BIG fund he would like to upend the currently available infection prone urinary catheters to anti-infective.
Dr. Rashmi Tambe
Dr. Rashmi Tambe is an individual incubatee working towards the development of a device for the early detection of acute and chronic kidney diseases. Almost 30 pct. of all hospital admissions fall in a wide definition of Acute Kidney injury [AKI] and 10 pct. of population worldwide is affected by Chronic Kidney Disease [CKD]. Among the most recent biomarkers suggested for AKI, the molecule called Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin [NGAL] was found to be suddenly up-regulated during the early stages of renal injury. In contrast to traditional markers like SCr, this rapid response enables NGAL to potentially identify kidney injury at a much earlier stage. Rashmi proposes to develop an affordable and non-invasive point-of-care [POC] device that can detect an increase in the levels of NGAL in patients susceptible to renal injury.
Affigenix is a Bangalore-based company with a focus on precision diagnostic kit development for personalized medicines. Their current portfolio includes a trypsin clearance assay kit. In addition, Affigenix is becoming a preferred service partner to few biopharma companies and also earning the reputation for professionalism, performance, and productivity. They have also developed unique best-in-class critical reagents (22 #s) that are sensitive and specific to measure and monitor the safety and efficacy of products in preclinical, early and late stage clinical trials. They have commercialized >22 reagents and kits and have started generating revenue.
Aten Porus is a young start-up focused on nanotechnology based therapeutics for lysosomal storage disorders and other rare diseases. Niemann-Pick Type C Disorder is characterized by over-accumulation of cholesterol in lysosomes caused by mutations in either the NPC1 or NPC2 genes. Aten Biotherapeutics has developed the Degradable Cyclodextrin Polymer (DCP) platform of therapeutics that has shown to have therapeutic efficacy against Niemann Pick Type C disorder (NPC) in NPC patient derived fibroblast cells. Since the DCP platform is based on nanoparticles, they are expected to have superior pharmokinetic profiles hence lowering the dosage drastically and improving patient compliance. Aten Porus have also started a company in the US and have secured follow-on funding from various sources.
Bugworks is a resident incubatee that aims to discover novel biopharmaceutical assets for the treatment of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. A spin-off from Cellworks Research, Bugworks uses a systems biology approach to discover novel treatment options for hospital acquired infections. Through their innovative approaches, they have developed a stealth strategy by which antibiotics can successfully by-pass efflux pumps, which are a key defense barrier present on the bacterial cell envelope. Their current leads target the WHO 2017 Critical, Serious and Concerning infection threats. They are progressing a first-in-class novel chemical entity (NCE) that exhibits potent killing of pan resistant superbugs and difficult to treat pathogens. They were the winners of the CARB-X program and have secured follow-on funding from them.
Eyestem is a resident C-CAMP incubatee using stem cell and gene editing technologies to create breakthrough therapies for degenerative diseases of the eye. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the RPE layer of the retina and ranks third among the global causes of visual impairment. Eyestem’s vision is to create scalable and affordable stem cell therapy for these degenerative eye diseases. They have successfully grown retinal pigment epithelium and photoreceptors – two layers of the retina which are key for vision.
Geniron Biolabs is a Bangalore-based company with addressing the unmet needs of Rabies, FMDV, Mastitis and other chronic infectious diseases of domestic animals. Their core proprietary technology includes a platform for DNA synthetic vaccines. Their candidate for Rabies vaccine cum Contraception based on this technology is in the proof-of-concept stage. These vaccines could potentially protect millions of dogs from rabies and control the over population. Their mission is to make rabies free India by 2025. Their Preclinical contract research services ranges from antibody production services to toxicity studies. They have raised follow-on funding from the SBIRI scheme and are generating revenue.
Genext Genomics Pvt Ltd
Genext Genomics Pvt Ltd is a Nagpur-based emerging life science research start-up and contract research organization. GNG is working towards the development of recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies against clinically relevant targets through the integration of bioinformatics, recombinant DNA technology, proteomics and immunology using novel high-throughput technologies. Their in-house research focus involves identifying and validating a drug target for tuberculosis; they aim to develop a mAb based drug for TB. They have started generating revenue and have licensed one of their bio-pesticide formulations to Dharti Agro Fertilizers.
InvivoD Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
InvivoD Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a university start-up and an off-shoot of research carried out in the laboratory of the co-founder (Prof. Pradip Sinha, IIT Kanpur) and focused on providing a novel platform for anti-cancer drug screen in vivo. InvivoD exploits the genetically tractable model organism, Drosophila, for screening of drugs against cancer induced by specific cancer-linked mutations that are also conserved in human. Their technology platform allows us to screen drugs against epithelial carcinoma and paraneoplasia, a syndrome often seen in cancer patients.The company is now focused on translating these findings into a Drosophila-based model system for cancer drug screening.
Kinome Pharma is a Bangalore based venture focused on developing solutions for neurodegenerative disorders. Their BIG funded project involves development of novel neuroprotective agents for Parkinson's disease. The company’s proprietary small molecule inhibitor compounds are derived from natural products. Kinome Pharma has a portfolio of proprietary compounds selectively targeting cell death signaling molecules implicated in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.
Luxmatra is a Cochin-based start-up working on developing a novel radio-wave responsive, biodegradable nanoparticle platform for image-guided hyperthermia combined with immunotherapy for liver cancers. LuxMatra will focus on developing biodegradable nanoparticles that can trigger hyperthermic response within tumors upon exposure to low-power radio-waves. Thus, LuxMatra’s approach is to convert an immunologically ‘cold’ tumor into a ‘hot’ tumor and thereby mobilize immune system to better identify the stealth cancer cells and pose an anti-tumor immunity.
Nurture Earth is an Aurangabad-based company that aims to serve as an Industry-academia bridge bringing in interdisciplinary technology development and engineering projects for execution by the industry members and students/faculty in a collaborative manner. NE works with international and local organization as a contract and collaborative research partner. Their in-house research focus is on testing the feasibility of using nano-magnetic discs for ablation of Cancer cells in vitro. This project was conceived as an application of Nanotechnology in a non-surgical targeted cancer cell removal procedure. Nurture Earth has recently started generating revenue through its collaborative projects.
OCT therapies is a Mumbai-based company working on establishing a mesenchymal stem cell bank to treat burns and ulcers. Burns fatalities account for an estimated 1.63 lakhs annually in India. Wound infection, septicemia, wound contracture, scarring and ulcer leading to cancer are common complications. OCT Therapies proposes to use a cell based approach for wound healing in burns and chronic ulcers using allogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cells (WJ-MSCs). These cells can eventually be used for composite wound healing as an alternative to skin grafting. They are also developing stem cell based therapies for skin and hair regeneration. They recently launched their hair regeneration product.
Pentavalent Biosciences is a resident start up mainly focusing on the development of novel vaccine molecules against fatal human diseases. Pentavalent is developing a vaccine formulation, comprising of 5 major influenza strains including type A and type B, in replication-incompetent form, for intranasal administration in human population. The resultant vaccine strains will be replication-incompetent, yet mimick wild influenza virus strain in structure. Due to this structural mimicking, the vaccine formulation comprising of all 5 major strains will be evoking highly promising protective immune response in the host. The vaccine will target multiple populations in both seasonal and pandemic influenza. Pentavalent has secured follow-on funding from GOK to take their study forward.
Sekkei Bio is a young start-up incubated at C-CAMP. The company is working to develop a peptide editing platform to specifically deliver peptide drugs orally. Using in silico and in vitro assays, the objective will be to select novel analogues of known peptide drugs that are amenable to oral delivery, without impacting its function.
Snaayu Lifesciences is a resident incubatee working towards isolating and characterizing novel analgesics from cone snail venom. Cone snails are venomous mollusks with around 700 species. A number of pharmacologically active peptides have been isolated from venoms of different species of cone snails. The long term goal of Snaayu Life Sciences is to use cell-based assays to target human disease pathways, particularly the nervous system, with pharmacologically active venom components to generate drug leads.
Pandorum Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Pandorum Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is a Bangalore-based company that develops proprietary science and technology platforms with the vision to manufacture personalized homo-chippiens and human organs on demand. They recently created artificial liver tissue by incorporating hepatocytes in biomaterial; this research has important implications in drug discovery. Pandorum’s artificial 3D liver tissue (organoid) efficiently recapitulates human liver tissue at the structural and functional level. They are resident incubatees at C-CAMP and have established POC and have received follow-on funding from the govt. and angel investors Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal.
Theramyt Novobiologics Pvt Ltd
Started in 2013 and based in Bangalore, Theramyt Novobiologics Pvt Ltd is a biotech company focused on biologics and biobetters. Theramyt’s strategic goals include a steady progression on the value chain towards biobetters and NBEs. Theramyt Novobiologics is developing two unique technology platforms for antibody engineering that are critically important to achieve next generation of monoclonal antibody therapeutics. They have already filed 6 provisional patents related to their product and platform development technologies. They have received follow-on funding from various venture capitalists, including ACCEL partners, AARIN Capital Partners, IDG ventures, and KITVEN.
Viravecs is a resident incubatee focusing on developing transgenic model systems for life science research. Currently, they are working on a novel technology to generate transgenic eukaryotic cell lines with no off-target effects. They use cutting edge genome editing tools, engineered viruses and nanoparticles to develop transgenic cells and mouse models of various diseases. Viravecs Labs also caters to the academia and the industry to develop stable transgenic cell lines using CRISPR-Cas9 based genome editing and viral vectors. Viravecs has secured follow-on funding from Ideas2POC and have started generating revenue.
Vital Bioscientific Solutions
Based out the Madras, Vital Bioscientific Solutions is a very recently established venture founded by a couple of IIT-Madras graduates. Their BIG funded project involves, development of a novel monolayer based parallel artificial membrane permeability assay to determine permeability of chemical entities and drugs. The monolayer coating is bio-mimetic and expected to be more efficient and cost effective as compared to gold standards used in the industry.
Western Range Biopharmaceuticals
Western Range Biopharmaceuticals is an Ahmedabad-based biotech start-up developing treatment modalities for cancer patients. They have built proprietary technologies for cancer cellular immunotherapies, personalized chemo-sensitivity tests, GvHD reduction and screening for HPV infection, one of the major causes for cancers in both men and women. The tests are based on a blood sample and will provide clinically relevant information. They have secured follow-on funding (SIBRI Grant from BIRAC, and are in the process of raising private funding.
Dr. Jonathan Pillai
Dr. Jonathan Pillai is an individual entrepreneur developing a novel implantable drug delivery system for sustained release of first-line TB drugs to improve patient compliance. To this end, they are designing a subcutaneous, surgically implantable, drug-delivery device that will eventually auto-deliver the standard 4-drug anti-TB regimen for the first 2 months, and INH and RIF for the remaining 4 months of treatment, equivalent to current oral drug protocols. By converting the problem of daily adherence to into a one-time surgical challenge easily addressed by the placement of an implantable drug delivery device, this innovation will drastically lower the threshold for adequate anti-tuberculosis therapy and treatment completion rates.
Dr. Karthik Venkateshan
Dr. Karthik Venkateshan is an individual entrepreneur working to develop printable biobased filament prototypes wherein the formulation and processing characteristics have been optimized for printing specifications. His project focusses on developing bio-friendly and low cost formulations that are developed from polysaccharides, plant proteins, biopolymers and other biomodifiers and biofillers (biomaterials) that can be used to produce 3D printable filaments. The applications of this technology include the 3D printing of biomedical products such as implants (ear, dental etc.), prosthetics and scaffolds.
Dr. Srujan Marepally
Dr. Srujan Marepally is a lipid chemist working in developing topical/transdermal therapeutics for chronic skin inflammations such as psoriasis, ACD and eczema. Srujan is working towards the development of safer, effective and economical therapeutics from a biological source, bile salt.
Dr. Vikas Mehra
Dr. Vikas Mehra is an individual BIG awardee. He is developing a diabody against TNF-alpha and IL17R for use as a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of psoriasis. Existing drugs/biologics for psoriasis focus either on TNF-alpha or IL-17, which have an established role in the disease. IL-17 synergizes with TNF-alpha to induce several inflammatory genes. the proposed scFv diabody will be novel in its approach, by combining two crucial validated disease targets in psoriasis. Blocking both these factors simultaneously might reverse the clinical symptoms of psoriasis.
Dr. Vinod Nayak
Dr. Vinod Nayak is an academician who aims to develop tools for high-throughput cloning and protein expression in S. cerevisiae. Particular emphasis is on developing plasmids for the expression of membrane proteins and multi-protein protein complexes. Their goal is to design and implement a flexible suite of shuttle vectors with multiple promoters and affinity tags to express genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Since their method does not rely on restriction enzymes, it can be used in a high-throughput format.
Dr. Yashoda Ghanekar
Dr. Yashoda Ghanekar is an individual BIG awardee working on the establishment of invertebrate transgenic model systems through modification of lentiviral systems. Hydra and Planaria are two invertebrate model systems that have emerged in recent years for studies in stem cell biology and regeneration. They are currently developing gene delivery systems for Hydra and Planaria for generating transgenic lines. Such genetically tractable invertebrate model organisms would be an excellent system for performing preliminary screenings in drug discovery, environmental studies and toxicology in combination with the currently available model systems.
Cisgen Biotech is a Chennai-based company working on developing a POC diagnostic kit for bovine TB. Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is one of the major animal health issues in developing countries and it is an under-estimated cause of zoonotic human tuberculosis (TB). Sero-diagnostics constitute an attractive option for bovine TB diagnosis as they are simple, cheap and non-invasive. Cisgen is developing a rapid immuno chromatographic test for TB antibody detection with the following novel characters.
Giga Builders Pvt. Ltd.
Giga Builders Pvt. Ltd. is an agri-based start-up studying plant growth & response under precisely maintained soil moisture status at desired level. They aim to develop a minilysimeter device for precise imposition of soil moisture stress. This unique device can precisely quantify the stress response of diverse crops / genotypes. They are in the process of further testing their first prototype. The device has a phenomenal relevance and significance in identifying the crop varieties with improved draught tolerance and productivity.
Sea6energy is a young bio-energy company developing end-to-end solution to replace the fossil fuels. Sea6 Energy is guiding its efforts towards low-cost, large scale cultivation of red seaweed on the ocean and developing salt water-based biotechnological processes to produce biofuels, agricultural biostimulants and phycocolloids from red seaweed. Their first product, AGROGAIN™, is a plant growth stimulant from seaweed extract that is now in the market through their partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra. They have raised private investment from Tata capital and they continue to incubate at C-CAMP, where they have expanded from their 6-member team to around 30 scientists and non-scientific staff.
SM Plant Technologies
SM Plant Technologies is a Bangalore-based company that proposes to micro propagate quality planting materials of economically important plants in bioreactors, which provide superior mass balance, higher proliferation rate, improved labour efficiency and as a consequence, reduced cost compared with conventional techniques. They have developed processes for commercial scale-up of conventional micro-propagation of banana in suspension cultures using bio-reactors. They have commercialized their banana planting material, and have recently started generating revenue. They have secured follow-on funding from the National Horticultural Mission.
Dr. Mahesh H. B.
Dr. Mahesh H. B. is an individual entrepreneur who is interested in isolating secondary metabolites from Bacillus sp. With antimicrobial activity against plant pathogens. Bacillus has been reported to have high biocontrol activity. He aims at commercializing the potential Bacillus strains and characterize the active biocontrol molecule that is stable with respect to its efficacy, production and storage.
Dr. Mohan Subramanian
Dr. Mohan Subramanian is an individual scientist incubating at Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals, TANUVAS. His BIG-funded project involves development of a novel therapeutic biosimilar for canine parvoviral enteritis. The therapeutic is a recombinant fusion protein that targets the viral receptor and neutralises the virus.
Aspartika Biotech is a Bangalore-based company working on the development of value added products such as nutraceuticals, poultry feed, and aqua feed from the wastes/byproducts of palm oil mills and silk reeling industries. The major focus of the company is the development of omega-3 fatty acids for human and animal use. They also manufacture feed supplements for cattle, aqua and poultry. They have commercialized several of their products and have started generating revenue. They have secured follow-on funding from the Govt. of Karnataka, Idea2POC grant.
Mallipatra Nutraceuticals is a young startup working on the artificial cultivation of one of the most expensive mushroom, Cordyceps, which is highly valued for its medicinal properties. They intend to develop Cordyceps Health Products such as powders or capsules targeting both Business to Business (B2B) as well as Business to Consumer (B2C). Their technology mainly deals with the artificial cultivation of Cordyceps under controlled condition mimicking its natural condition and further processing by harvesting, analysis, drying and packaging for business to business market. They have commercialized their cordyceps-based nutraceutical and have raised follow-on funding from several sources.
Robust Herbals is a Bangalore based start-up with a focus on developing Ayurveda’s herbal tradition into a range of proprietary technologies and formulations as alternatives for existing pharmaceuticals/drugs. In addition, they are developing a biodegradable biocompatible blood pool contrast agent based on a rod-like nanoparticle constructed from FDA approved materials with superior contrast enhancement.
Theevanam Additives & Nutraceuts Pvt. Ltd.
Theevanam Additives & Nutraceuts Pvt. Ltd. is a Start-up company at IIT Madras Research Park - IITM Bioincubator, with a commitment for excellence in bringing quality products and technology in food and feed additives sector. They are working on the development of the novel formulation of natural polysaccharide immunity booster for booming Shrimp aqua industry of India. The formulations are aimed for efficient absorption and higher potency by controlling the particle size and preventing the aggregation in the biological fluids. The introduced formulation is going to be standardized for dosage amount and frequency through statically designed lab trials as well as field trials. The formulation is expected to efficiently eliminate major infections and stress/morbidity usually encountered in shrimp cultivation at hatcheries as well as open ponds/farms and thereby the formulation will improve the overall productivity.
Biomoneta is a resident C-CAMP incubatee. They are currently working on the design of a novel air purification device for the reduction of airborne bacteria. One of the ways healthcare associated infections are spread in ICUs is via aerial transmission. Biomoneta is working on an air purification device that specifically reduces air borne bacterial contamination in ICUs and sick rooms. The device exploits the electrical properties of bacteria, novel antimicrobial fabrics and engineering design; and is meant to be a bedside unit that both prevents an infectious patient from spreading the disease and protects a naïve patient from acquiring an infection. They have secured follow-on funding from angel investors, SBIRI and Idea2POC schemes.
Butacel Bioresearch is a young start-up incubated at Technology Business Incubator (TBI), University of Delhi. They are developing processes for microbial overproduction of 2,3-butanediol from lignocellulosic biomass based on metabolic engineering. Rising concern over the cost and sustained availability of the fossil fuels, and its impact on the global warming, motivated them to find alternate fuel resources, preferably renewable resources. The proposed process will not only fulfill the huge energy demand in our country, but will also help in alleviating dependency on foreign oil reserves.
Cleanergis is a resident incubatee developing innovative, high-quality enzymes for food and waste-water-treatment. Cleanergis has developed microbiological methods for decolorization and detoxification of molasses spent wash (MSW). Also, they have demonstrated that algae can grow on treated MSW. Their product, "MatClean" is an enzyme consortium to clean Mollases spent-wash. The product is provided as a matrix. The product is used to service Sugar-cane Industries for Bioremediation. The major outcome of the implementation of these technologies is to get clean, odorless and safe water that can be used for agriculture or which can be disposed-off to the river/stream. Their project selected in top 50 innovations in India Innovation Growth Programme 2015.
Codon Biosciences Pvt Ltd
Codon Biosciences Pvt Ltd is a start-up based in Goa. Their main focus is the development and production of fruit based value added products. Their first product, “Pomar De Frutas” mango wine is produced exclusively from Alphonso mangoes by using a patented wine-making recipe that involves enzymatic maceration of mango pulp. The wine is golden in color, crisp with a fruity aroma and a long lasting finish. Codon Biosciences has raised follow-on funding from the SBIRI grant by BIRAC, Govt. of India.
India Biolabs is a young start-up dedicated to researching novel all-natural antimicrobials for the food and pharma industry. They are isolating novel Lactic Acid Bacteria, from food spoilage microflora with antimicrobial activity to improve food safety and shelf-life against fatal foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella spp., E. coli spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium spp., Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus. In the future, they plan to conduct cutting-edge research on bioactive phytochemicals, probiotics for the food and animal feed industry as well as development and validation of antimicrobials/antibiotics.
openwater.in is founded by Dr. Sanjiv Sambandan and is a spinoff from the Flexible Electronics Lab, Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The main goal of this startup is to provide smart solutions in the area of waste water management. Openwater has devised a technology that generates potable water from wastewater without the use of membranes or synthesized chemicals. It relies on the use of spatially and temporally patterned electric fields to improve throughput with no water wastage and make the process very energy efficient. The technology can be revolutionary in remote locations where there is very limited access to clean water. It will be highly efficient for those stuck in disaster hit areas. Openwater has demonstrated POC and is working towards the commecialization of their technology.
Shirdi Sai Nutraceuticals
Shirdi Sai Nutraceuticals is a Bangalore-based company working on the development of high performance immobilized lipases for non-aqueous esterification of oils and fats in stirred batch reactors. They have also filed an Indian patent application for improved enzyme degumming of vegetable oils. There are several ways in which one can enhance the performance of enzymes, and lipases in particular, for both aqueous as well as non-aqueous processes. This company intends to make use of the recent advances in this field in an innovative way and come up with simple and low cost processes for making healthy modified fats. They have started generating revenue and were recently approved for follow-on funding from the BIPP scheme of BIRAC.
A Bangalore-based company, String works at the interface of biology, chemistry and engineering. They leverage their platform – SIMP (String integrated methane platform – to deliver methane from wastes and natural resources using engineered micro-organisms. The startup converts methane, a waste gas responsible for much of livestock production’s greenhouse gas emissions, into proteins that can be used in animal feed. They have secured follow-on funding from several sources, including SIBRI, SPARSH and ELEVATE100 grants.
Dr. Praveen Vemula
Dr. Praveen Vemula is an independent entrepreneur. His primary research focus is to develop novel biomaterials to solve unmet clinical needs. Currently, he is developing a dermal cream to prevent chronic pesticide exposure in farmers. He has generated stellar preclinical data using our technology. He has two formulations to prevent pesticide-induced toxicity. He has developed a dermal/topical gel to prevent dermal exposure of MPT. Additionally, he is developing an active face mask which can deactivate pesticides to prevent pesticide-exposure through nasal route.
Dr. Vishal Rai
Dr. Vishal Rai is a individual entrepreneur whose research interest lies in developing chemical technologies for precision labeling of proteins. His team has developed chemical platforms that can identify and target reactivity hot-spots on the protein surface and enable single-site protein modification. In addition, they have devised a modular chemical linchpin based approach with capability to drive site-selective covalent labeling of proteins. The linchpin detaches within physiological conditions and capacitates the installation of tags, fluorophore, drugs etc. The site of modification is regulated with the modular reagent.
Mercuri Biotech is a young Bangalore-based start-up that is developing a novel assay for DNA quantitation. In the conventional systems, quantifying the concentration of DNA and differentiation based on size requires two separate instruments, i.e., UV spectrophotometer and agarose gel electrophoresis. UV Spectrophotometer by itself cannot differentiate the size of DNA and is quite expensive. Mercuri proposes to develop a novel technology delta-nuQleo which can simultaneously differentiate band size and provide concentration of the DNA sample instantly in the form of a digital gel. This technology uses the electrical property, capacitance, for measuring the concentration and length of the nucleic acid. Their technology is cost-effective, with added benefits of no reagents or consumables, no waiting time and only the instrument cost.