India and the US collaborate to scout for out of the box solutions for COVID 19

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Eleven teams from India in collaboration with the US scientists is to work on COVID-19 solutions.

The Ministry of Science and Technology in a press release said, “eleven teams of Indian and US scientists will soon start jointly scouting for out of the box solutions ranging from novel early diagnostic tests, antiviral therapy, drug repurposing, ventilator research, disinfection machines, and sensor-based symptom tracking for COVID 19.”

“The teams have been selected to take up these initiatives through a rigorous binational review process of proposals received for an invitation under COVID-19 Ignition Grants in April 2020 issued by the US-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF),” the release from the Ministry said.

As per the release, the USISTEF stated that the awards to eleven respective teams introducing out-of-the-box for COVID 19.

The release further said, “The joint US-India S&T based entrepreneurial teams will work on initiatives that address the development and implementation of new technologies, tools, and systems to address COVID-19 related challenges including monitoring, diagnosis, health and safety, public outreach, information, and communication.”

The release said, “The mission of the United States-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund is to support and foster joint applied R&D to generate public good through the commercialization of technology developed through partnerships between US and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs to help combat this pandemic.”

Source: ANI

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