R Mashelkar, chairperson of the governing council of Marico
Innovation Foundation said, "These products have wider applications. We can also export these products to the world. Everyone wants affordable quality. "
Coming on to these innovations - CREA Worldwide has been offered a grant of Rs 41 lakh. It is making breathable yet hydrophobic (water repelling) PPE kit. This would help the front line workers and medical professionals from dehydration from commonly used laminated PPE kits. CREA is using non-laminated fabrics which makes their coveralls more breathable; can be used up to 12 hours even in summer heat. Priced similar to conventional PPE kits (non-breathable material), these kits also have twice the life. It can thus reduce the cost of PPE per person by a healthcare institution.
As the country prepares to come out of lockdown, CREA also offers a suite to protect our second line of defence (dentists, general practitioners, policemen, healthcare workers, etc.) comprising face shield, parka and coverall. These coveralls have been approved by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Log 9 Materials Scientific has been offered a grant of Rs 76 lakh. It is making something called the CoronaOven - an ultra violet disinfection chamber that can that can sanitize any surface of all pathogens in only 10 minutes; thus permitting hospitals to re-use masks, gloves and other PPE. Each microwave-sized compact chamber (33-litre) can disinfect 40 masks per hour, thus holding the potential to not only largely reduce the current high pressure on PPE supply, but also massively cut down on PPE waste. In just a month since CoronaOven’s launch, Log 9 has already sold over 300 ovens, which can help users disinfect and re-use up to 30 lakh gloves every month.
Apart from hospitals disinfecting PPE, general shops, households and users across the value chain of most small-sized products such as milk packets, food packets, watches, spectacles, bags, can disinfect a range of items. The chamber is also finding customised use cases in airports to disinfect high-contact surfaces such as trolleys, escalator handles, baggage belts, etc.
The third innovation, Saral Design Solutions has been offered a grant of Rs 40 lakh. Saral has innovated to adapt its patented sanitary pads producing machine to produce 3-ply surgical masks in a cost effective manner. Saral can manufacture at a rapid rate of 80 masks every minute. Saral’s machine has already produced 10 lakh masks since the pandemic began. They are now looking to ramp up production through their decentralized manufacturing capabilities in 20 locations across Tier II & III cities in India.