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MedTech Startups

SCTIMST-TIMed : Catalyse Your MedTech Ideas


S. Balram

SCTIMST-TIMed is the Technology Business Incubator of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum (which is an Institute of National Importance under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India) established in 2015. The mandate of TIMed is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in medical technologies through technology business incubation support to innovators, startups and industry. TIMed provides much needed mentorship, funding, networking opportunities, clinical and investor connects as well as basic facilities and services that a Medtech or healthcare startup requires. TIMed was set up as a Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India supported incubator.

TIMed extends incubation support to startups and entrepreneurs who are involved in medical device or healthcare technology development. Both physical and virtual mode of incubation are promoted at TIMed. Incubatees also include startups who have taken the technology transfer from SCTIMST. TIMed thus extends support and services to entrepreneurs and also facilitating faster bench to bed side translation of the technologies developed at SCTIMST through its incubation activities.


Incubatees are provided with mentoring support on various aspects including idea validation, technology and technical assessment, business plan development, preparation for fund raising, pitch deck preparation and also providing clinical, industry and vendor connects. Incubatees gets the opportunity to access and avail the infrastructure including clean room (class 10,000) for pilot production, 3-D printers, laser cutters, design software, high end work stations etc.


Some of the products developed by our startups and launched in the market include the OralScan for oral cancer screening (by Sascan Meditech), Dripo – smart drip infusion monitor (by Evelabs), Biocalculus – remote cardiac monitoring (by Waferchips Technosolutions) and Telemedicine cart (by Mobilexion Technologies)


Startups and innovators go through a selection process before they are admitted to TIMed. Constant need-based support and mentoring is provided to healthcare innovators at various stage of entrepreneurship. Some of the startups supported by TIMed have won accolades at National level and the recent ones include:


• National startup award in Health & Wellness sector, 2021 - won by Sascan Meditech Pvt Ltd given by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt of India
• Sascan Meditech bagged the best startup in medical devices category in the pharma and medical device startup challenge conducted by startup India, 2021
• Anjali Mashelkar award for social innovation to Dr. Subash Narayanan, founder of Sascan Meditech, 2021
• Ms. Sonia Mohandas, Co-founder of Waferchips won the women entrepreneur grant from KSUM, 2021
• Evelabs Pvt Ltd bagged innovations award at PHIC Expo, Chennai, November 2021


The innovators and startups of TIMed are supported through various programs including the NIDHI Program of DST, SIIP program and BIG funding of BIRAC, Technology Transfer Office of NBM, BIRAC. TIMed also strives to support its startups through corporate social responsibility funds.



Highlights of the schemes at TIMed includes:


DST-NIDHI’s PRomoting and Accelerating Young and ASpiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS)- This program caters to idea-stage entrepreneurs with a physical product offering. Innovators will be provided with technical mentorship, access to core facilities, networking, other services include patent search and filing, clinical connects, developing business plan etc. A DST PRAYAS SHAALA has also been set up with high end equipment required for medical device development and assembly which includes 3D printers, laser cutters, pick and place machine, 3D design software, high end work stations etc. Several prototypes have been developed and many of the innovators have received follow up funding support and also filed or granted Indian and international patents.

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