Karnataka government will set up a committee to ensure co-ordination between the government and private firms that are engaged in research work to come up with solutions to control the spread of Covid-19 as well as a cure for it.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Thursday asked the IT/BT department to set up a committee at the earliest. The deputy chief minister took a decision to this effect after he visited Bengaluru Bio-Innovation Centre.
About 45 startups are working at the innovation centre on projects to find a vaccine, medicine, and quick testing technology for Covid-19, he said.
Narayan, who holds the IT/BT portfolio as well, interacted with the young entrepreneurs. “I am glad that all startups here are working to find a solution to the pandemic. Some are at the clinical trial stage while a few have already applied for with the competent authorities for conducting tests,” he remarked.
Robot at work
Narayan unveiled the Programmable Robot that would separate the Saliva from the swab in no time. The robot developed by SN Life Sciences has an ability to test eight different samples at a time, he said.
“This is a great sign for Bengaluru, Karnataka, and India,” the deputy CM said on the overall research work taking place at the innovation centre, adding that a quick solution will help to ensure a balance between life and livelihood.