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Start-up firm Indra Water develops N95 mask and PPE disinfection system

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has announced that the N95 mask and personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfection system, developed by Mumbai-based startup Indra Water, has been installed at multiple government hospitals in Maharashtra and Telangana.

The N95 masks, PPE coats can safely be re-used after the disinfection cycle.

The disinfection system called Vajra Kavach is significantly decreasing the cost of combating the pandemic by making PPE, medical, and nonmedical gear reusable and reducing the generation of excessive Covid-19 related bio-medical waste, thereby helping the environment. It is also making personal protective equipment more available, affordable, and accessible, said the statement issued by the DST.

The product uses a multistage disinfection process with advanced oxidation, corona discharge, and UV-C light spectrum to inactivate the viruses, bacteria, and other microbial strains present on the PPE with more than 99.999 per cent efficiency.

The system has been validated and tested by the Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and has been found to achieve more than 5 LOG (99.999 per cent) inactivation of viruses and bacteria. It is also Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) approved & IP55 certified and is now being installed in hospitals treating Covid-19 patients across India.

Indra Water, the startup which was initiated with the NIDHI-PRAYAS grant from DST (through SINE- IIT Bombay) for innovations in the water sector, used the Center for Augmenting WAR with Covid-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) grant of the DST, Government of India to modify their technology to make it suitable for combating the Covid-19 infection. With support from Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay prepared them to manufacture and supply 25 disinfection systems per month.


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