Kerala based start-up wins two prestigious awards at National level
- Sascan Meditech, the start-up incubated at the SCTIMST-TIMed has been adjudged the winner of Startup India Grand Challenge 2021 in the medical device category of the Government of India.
- Sascan Meditech has developed OralScan, a handheld device for early, accurate, and cost-effective detection of pre-cancerous lesions in the mouth.
- It is a biophotonics technology-based device, and the results of clinical trials have been published in a scientific journal.
Sascan Meditech, the start-up incubated at the SCTIMST-TIMed Technology Business Incubator of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for MedicalSciences & Technology received a Cash grant of INR 15,00,000 at the Grand Challenge organized by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt of India along with Startup India and Investindia.org.
The award was announced by Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog, after a rigorous evaluation process, and “Sascan” was selected from among 310 start-ups which took part in the grand challenge.
Sascan’s second product CerviScan, a hand-held non-invasive device for cervical cancer screening and early detection of cervical cancer, will be launched soon.
This startup was also recently selected as the winner of “AnjaniMashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award 2021” from Anjani Mashelkar Foundation, which engages in recognizing, rewarding, encouraging those responsible for creating value for the society in science, technology, and innovation domain by an eminent jury after review of applications from all over India.
Sascan, founded by Dr. Subhash Narayanan, a scientist turned biomedical entrepreneur, focuses on developing affordable healthcare products and solutions for cancer care and screening based on biophotonics and allied technologies.
It has also received Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) of BIRAC and further NIDHI Seed support of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for developing OralScan.
Oral precancerous lesion,
- It is also called dysplasia, is a growth that contains abnormal cells confined to the lining of the oral cavity, or mouth.
- This lining is called the mucosa. It covers the inside of the cheeks, the inside of the lips, the gums, the tongue, and the roof and floor of the mouth.