Swiss scientists to stress test their entrepreneurial projects in India



10 Swiss researchers will travel to Bangalore in December to explore the potential of their innovation in the Indian market. The group illustrates the Swiss strength in machine learning and medtech.



The Swiss researchers will travel to Bangalore where the team will have the opportunity to attend investor meetings, visit local industries, participate in entrepreneurship and business workshops, engage with entrepreneurs and researchers with a similar background, all to effectively learn how to transform their research into a high-quality market product. 

The selected researchers are:

Benjamin Ryder of Avertu
Avertu detects dangerous locations on the road using historic accident data and predicts these hotspots with crowd-sourced data from driving cars. The startup plans to provide in-car warnings for drivers and to help road authorities to improve road infrastructure.

Lucas Vandroux of BlinkLabs 
BlinkLabs builds a Deep Learning software allowing manufacturers to automate final quality check of their products. This cuts the cost of their inspection solution by 30% and allows them to decrease the number of their quality inspectors.

Mario Stucki of Dimpora 
Dimpora develops a novel way to manufacture waterproof and breathable membranes for outdoor clothing.

Gaurasundar Conley of EmbryoSpin 
EmbryoSpin is a hardware company specialized in magnetic resonance at the embryo scale. Its goal is to produce a disposable device for non-invasive embryo diagnostics, ready for In Vitro Fertilization clinics and hospitals.

Jonas Pollard of Hemolytics
Malaria eradication requires a highly-sensitive diagnostic tool suitable for mass screening. With a patented concept of chemical amplification using a malaria biomarker as catalyst, Hemolytics develops a point-of-care diagnostic tool to assist malaria eradication campaigns.

Nicola Kyburz of Linda
Linda provides data about critical infrastructure like power lines, acquired by powerful multi sensor drones. Equipped with laser scanners and cameras, Linda is an operator of autonomous long endurance drones providing digitalized intelligence.
Alexander Nitsch of OxyPrem
Preterm children have very sensitive brains, highly vulnerable to undersupply of oxygen. To prevent long-term damages and disabilities, OxyPrem continuously and non-invasively monitors brain oxygenation.
Nicee Srivastava of Prediva (EPFL)
Prediva conceives a predictive machine learning software for coronary artery disease diagnostics and treatments. The software generates a personalized 3D physiological model of coronary arteries. It predicts plaque progression and provides recommendations for stent placement and treatment planning.

Lukas von Tobel of SwissProsthetics
SwissProsthetics offers an affordable, modular and robust prosthetic hand solution for children and adults with upper limb loss. The project benefits from real life experiences from a father and his daughter.

Manu Nair of Synthara Technologies 
Synthara technologies is an artificial intelligence silicon IP provider offering high energy-efficient, certified and custom IPs for use in extreme operating conditions.

About AIT
The AIT program aims at helping young scientists from Switzerland and India to move the results of their research from laboratory to market. It may well give these enterprising researchers the boost they need to successfully transform their ideas into marketable products. In order to support such scientrepreneurs from Switzerland and India, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has mandated ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences to execute the AIT program. Venturelab and swissnex India are key program partners. They organize and facilitate a full-day preparation kick-off event in Switzerland, a week in India followed by a week in Switzerland including workshops, industry visits and business meetings.

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