Startups working on interdisciplinary convergence of biology, digitalisation and medication will be leaders of future

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Ethereal Machines and Big Bang Boom have been trying to fix the shortage of ventilators; Helyxon and MedloTek Health have developed innovative solutions to increase the number of hospital beds; Staqu, Adverto, Pulse Active Stations and Intugine are offering monitoring solutions and of course Mylab, a molecular diagnostics startup is working on low-cost PCR kits that speed up the detection process.

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Birth of new ideas: Opportunities for startups in a time of crisis

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Ethereal is creating moulds of ventilator splitters to help hospitals cope with the shortfall of the crucial life-support device. Another HealthTech startup, MolBio, has developed an indigenous, portable and battery-operated RT-PCR machine to scale India’s testing capabilities, even in the remotest areas. Since MolBio is not only making testing kits but the PCR machines itself, they have pitched in to address the huge bottleneck in testing capacity.

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The Crusaders: Startups Team Up With Corporate Giants To Solve India’s Ventilator Capacity Woes

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Ventilators are definitely the need of the hour. But while the Indian companies are developing their solutions, there are some others that have jumped in to offer an alternative and quick solution to use the available high-cost ventilators to its maximum content with ventilator splitters. Bengaluru-based deeptech startups Ethereal Machines and Cradlewise are leveraging their technology to manufacture ventilator splitter, which can allow a ventilator to be used by two patients simultaneously with varying needs via differential pressure splitting. Learning from western countries, the companies have focused on preventing cross-contamination between paired patients.

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The Crusaders: 10 Indian Startups Fighting The Pandemic With Cutting-Edge Tech

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While many startups and tech companies have started manufacturing ventilators or similar alternatives, Bengaluru-based Ethereal Machines has a unique solution to meet the demand. Founded by Kaushik Mudda and Navin Jain in 2014, Ethereal Machines is 3D printing ventilator splitters uniquely designed for managing two patients with different ventilatory needs via differential pressure splitting.

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Coronavirus pandemic: Startups pitch in as India races against time to produce ventilators

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Bengaluru-based Ethereal Machines has also pitched in with its own efforts to enhance ventilators which are a crucial device in the fight against COVID-19. Since the virus attacks the lungs, the ventilators can provide breathing assistance to patients in an advanced stage of the infection. But India does not have a sufficient number of such devices. Media reports peg the total number in the country anywhere between 17,000 and 57,000. Ethereal Machines is creating splitters for ventilators thereby enabling them to provide support to two patients at the same time.

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#StartupsVsCovid19: Meet The Six Startups Backed By The Action Covid-19 Team

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Currently, India is facing a huge shortage of ventilators. As per rough estimates, India has around 40K ventilators with many of them even not in working conditions. With the number of coronavirus cases increasing each day, the demand for ventilators is going to increase in the near future and 40K of them might not prove to be sufficient enough. To meet the demand of ventilators, Bengaluru-based Ethereal Machines provides a ventilator splitter uniquely designed for managing two patients with varying needs via differential pressure splitting.

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How 3D printing startups are helping the fight against covid-19

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Bengaluru-based tech startup Ethereal Machines has created a ventilator splitter using 3D printing. Already tested at Aster Hospital in the city, the splitter can split the supply into a 50-50 ratio to provide oxygen from one source to two patients. In cases where one patient’s condition is worse than the other, the startup has created a differential ventilator splitter which can split the oxygen supply into 30-70 ratio.

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