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Mumbai - It is a known fact that working in PPE suits for long hours is extremely uncomfortable, making it a challenge for frontline and healthcare workers. To fix their problem, Watt Technovations, Nihaal Singh Adarsh a student from K J Somaiya College of Engineering and incubated at riidl, Somaiya Vidyavihar University has designed ‘Cov-Tech Ventilation System’, a compact ventilation system for PPE suits. This product is designed specifically to act as an add-on component to the existing PPE suits to bring comfort to our front-line medical workers. Link:

Nihaal Singh Adarsh, received the NIDHI Prayas grant of INR 10,00,000 from Department of Science and Technology, Government of Bharat for prototype development and product innovation with the help of riidl (Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory), a not-for-profit organization under Somaiya Trust, supported by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of Bharat, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology, Government of Bharat, Maharashtra State Innovation Society, Government of Maharashtra. The startup also received a support of INR 5,00,000 from New Venture Investment Program (a joint program conducted by riidl & K J Somaiya Institute of Management).

The device truly stands out from the rest and makes the medical workers' life easier. It is an innovation, designed specifically by combining technology with science to bring comfort to the people working during the Covid-19 pandemic. After conducting research, it was realized that such a product was either not economical for the average medical practitioner or was simply not compact enough to be utilized on a daily basis. The ‘Cov-Tech Ventilation System’ tackles these issues by ensuring a compact, portable and user-friendly device to provide a ventilation system for PPE suits. Video Link:

The sole purpose behind creating the 'Cov-Tech Ventilation System', is to bring comfort to the healthcare professionals working during the Covid-19 pandemic in a safe manner.The demographic that the product caters to is primarily doctors and independent medical practitioners who are currently working in environments of high risk and are quite uncomfortable due to the challenges of wearing a PPE kit for long hours.

Supported by Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab India. Dassault Systèmes is among the Fortune 50 list of the largest software companies that develops software for 3D product design, simulation, manufacturing and more. It is supported by the NIDHI Prayas Program of the Department of Science and Technology. It is also supported by BIRAC and Maharashtra State Innovation Society.

Gaurang Shetty, Chief Innovation Catalyst, riidl said, “We encourage students to innovate. We provide a foster environment to help the innovator to make the best output. A team of teachers and supervisors support the startup and help them at every stage.”


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