A handheld imaging device will soon make screening, detection, and biopsy guidance of oral cancer, a growing concern in India, easier, quicker, and simpler. The handheld oral cancer screening device called OralScan, developed by a startup Sascan Meditech incubated at TiMED, the Technology Business Incubator of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India has been launched by Smt. K.K Shailaja, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Govt of Kerala.
“Kerala government plans to compile a registry of cancer patients in the state as part of efforts to codify its various initiatives against the deadly disease. These kind of innovations have come forward to brace this change and also appreciating the efforts of Business incubator TIMED- SCTIMST at this time,” Smt. Shailaja said.
An online event kick-starting the product sales and distribution network was also held in the presence of dignitaries, oncologists, and channel partners identified across the country. Dr. Asha Kishore, Director, SCTIMST, performed the first sale to Mr. Ketan Parmar, Innovative India, Surat.
Oral Scan is a Make- in- India initiative with seed funding from the scheme National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) of DST. Oral scan was designed and developed entirely in India and supported by the Biotechnology ignition grant of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), INVENT (DST), and Kerala Start-Up Mission. The company recently received investment from Unicorn India Ventures