Avasthagen and ICMR sign MoU to promote biomedical research

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Bangalore, Aug 12 (UNI) Avasthagen Limited, India's leading knowledge based Life Sciences Company today signed Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with the Indian Council of Medical Research, (ICMR) New Delhi to promote biomedical research in India.

The MoU was aimed at formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research.

Avasthagen and ICMR would explore possibilities to innovate nutraceutical development from traditional and folk medicine by knowledge sharing. The MoU also aims to strengthen research in the area of Bionutrition and would open new avenues for research on traditional Indian medicinal plants, according to a release from Avasthagen.

Both the organizations will also undertake research in the area of genetic engineering and engineering metabolic pathways of medicinal plants for increasing concentration of the active ingredients using physiochemical and molecular approaches, develop oilseeds and pulses with improved nutrition effect, tolerance to drought and salinity and improved nutrient utilization efficiency.

The bionutra programme at Avesthagen will get an enhanced impetus by associating with a body such as ICMR which is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world and brings with it enormous experience in almost every aspect of Indian traditional medicine.

Dr S K Bhattacharya, Additional Director General and Officiating DG of ICMR, said that "the MoU is indeed the first of its kind in the research area of traditional Indian medicinal plants. We welcome this initiative and look forward to working closely with the scientists at Avesthagen." Dr Villoo Morawala Patell, Founder, Chairman&Managing Director of Avesthagen Limited said that " we have been investing and developing various tools and methodologies for the identification and validation of plant bio-actives. These efforts would be made use for both therapy and preventive healthcare. Avesthagen's important and unique association with ICMR will hasten this process and also provide an independent view of our results." UNI MSP RS TS1839

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