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NanoSniff Technologies is a MEMS Fabrication and Product R&D organization incubated at Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. NanoSniff is a commercial spin-off from the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) at IIT Bombay and was formed to productize various technologies developed as a part of research work conducted at CEN. NanoSniff is the first Indian company to successfully commercialize to microcantilever and microheater sensor technologies and sell these devices off-the-shelf.

NanoSniff is mentored by Prof. Ramgopal Rao and Prof. Soumyo Mukherji. The Chief Technology Officer of NanoSniff isDr. Nitin Kale, Ph.D. in MEMS fabrication and their applications. He also heads the Micro/ Nano Fabrication activity forNanoSniff at IIT Bombay. Serial entrepreneur and IIT Delhi alumnus, Mr. Kapil Bardeja, is the Chief Executive Officer. He has co-founded technology start-ups in the past and specializes in academia–industry interaction and technology transfer.

Vision & Mission

The organization’s focus is to develop products arounds MEMS and NEMS devices, including fabrication of Micro-Sensors, Micro-Actuators and Smart Electronics through Innovative Product Design. NanoSniff specializes in bridging the gap between cutting edge research in Nanotechnology and sustainable device manufacturing through agile microfabrication process scale-up, increasing device yield and reliability, reducing manufacturing costs and making devices commercially viable and market ready.

Verticals

NanoSniff products cater to a wide variety of business verticals and application areas, namely:

  • Sensors for Detection of Industrial Hazards
  • Sensors for Security and Surveillance Applications
  • Point of Care Medical Diagnostic Devices
  • Education in Nanotechnology and MEMS Experimentation
  • Applied Research in Development of New Sensing Technologies

Affiliations

The Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN), at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay:

The Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN), at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, is a collaborative project between IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore. Established in the year 2006, CEN is funded by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Government of India.

CEN targets research in design, fabrication and characterization of traditional CMOS Nano-electronic devices, Novel Material based devices (III-V Compound Semiconductor devices, Spintronics, Opto-electronics), Micro Electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS), Bio-MEMS, NEMS, Solar Photovoltaics and Polymer based devices.

CEN serves researchers from academia, industry and government laboratories, across the country in the field of Nanoelectronics. The center also offers support in device fabrication technologies using state-of-the-art equipment under the Indian Nano Users Program (INUP). Through programs like INUP, CEN is committed towards creating technically sophisticated manpower for research in Nanoelectronics and at the same time inculcating inter-university networks and coordination. In addition to research, CEN is also a hub for developing new technologies that can be scaled-up and commercialized for powering the nano-industrial revolution in India.

Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay:

SINE, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, hosted by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay is an umbrella for promotion of entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay. Set up in 2004, SINE was formalisation of an IT incubator pilot started in 2000 with the support of its alumni. It’s vision is to create an ecosystem that will foster and support innovation and knowledge based entrepreneurship amongst the IIT Bombay community leading to the creation of wealth and social value through successful ventures.

The incubator is a platform to support technology start ups founded by IIT Bombay community or are based on IIT Bombay technologies. Thus, SINE extends role of IIT Bombay by facilitating conversion of R&D into entrepreneurial ventures.SINE has an infrastructure spread over 10,000 sq.ft., and can incubate 15-17 companies at a time. SINE is supported by several government departments such as Department of Science and Technology, Department of Information Technology, & Technology Development Board.

Grand Challenges Canada:

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health and is funded by the Government of Canada. It supports the bold ideas which integrate science and technology, social and business innovation. It focuses on bringing successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

NanoSniff Technologies is a recipient of the prestigious Grand Challenges Canada grant. In our project titled “Instrumentation for ultra-sensitive and rapid detection of Myocardial Infarction(MI) among rural populace“, we aim to detect early cardiac markers like Myoglobin that are released in the blood after an MI event. This instrument employs a micro-cantilever based bio-sensing system and is highly sensitive, highly selective and would provide a rapid diagnosis. It can be used even by qualified nurses at rural primary healthcare centres in India.