Print Wars: Attack of the Clones

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The top patent filers for 3D printing in India are the multinational companies from the United States, followed by European companies, and few domestic applications. “The top foreign filers include Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, XYZprinting, 3D Systems, CC3D LLC, and Renishaw,” A S says. “While most of the local filings are from institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology, some are from start-up companies such as Tvasta Manufacturing solutions, Ethereal Machines, etc.”

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Innovation in the times of a global pandemic

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The covid-19 pandemic has thrown unprecedented challenges to businesses across sectors in India. The times have been particularly challenging for startups, however, many of them have risen to the occasion and have been aiding the fight against Covid-19 in big way. In this episode of Forbes India presents Ultimate 120 in association with Oppo, we bring to you a special conversation with three startup founders who have accelerated innovations in their organizations to help India fight Covid-19.

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Helping India Breathe: Ventilator Manufacturing During Covid-19

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With Amaya, a simple ventilator splitter, Ethereal Machines is preparing India to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, Ethereal Machines has addressed challenges for clients in the medical field, dealing with creating implants, prosthetics and similar medical devices. However, as Covid-19 reached India, the team began speaking to senior doctors to understand key areas of concerns. The overwhelming response they received highlighted the shortage of ventilators.

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49 Indian Startups working on COVID-19 get ACT Grants

49 Indian Startups working on COVID 19 get ACT Grants

The 49 Indian Startups working on COVID-19 get ACT Grants were dabbling with ideas in care-giving, prevention, testing, data collection, mental wellness, and vaccine research have received funding from ACT Grants. Startups such as Mylab, Ethereal Machines, Infinite Analytics, 1MG, Sattva, HFNC devices, Housejoy, Portea, and Goodera have received backing from ACT Grants. A grant was also provided to Bharat Health Stack’s Swasth app, which is focussing on taking telemedicine to a national stage.

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[Exclusive] 49 Indian startups working on Covid-19 get ACT grants


ACT Grants in the last few months has backed firms working on care-giving, prevention, testing, data collection, mental wellness and vaccine research. Some of the startups that received grants include Mylab, Ethereal Machines, Infinite Analytics, 1MG, Sattva, HFNC devices, Housejoy, Portea and Goodera. It also gave a grant Bharat Health Stack’s Swasth app, which has ambitions of becoming a national platform for telemedicine.

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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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