Bhubaneswar, Feb 26(LocalWire): A natural drug developed with turmeric by a scientist and his team from the city-based Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) is now all set to hit the markets.
The natural drug has the virtue to treat wounds in human beings.
In the past few years, the team had experimented with a combination of products with the naturally produced plant to come up with a perfect blend which could be sold through chemist shops as an effective drug to treat wounds and other inflammatory diseases.
The benefit of the drug is the low cost, no side effect and engagement of several tribals who produce it in plenty on their farms in the state.
“During the last few years, ILS has been working on developing a product and demonstrated the efficacy of Curcumin (turmeric) encapsulated in Chitosan and Alginate polymers for cure of various inflammatory and oxidative stress-related disease including wound healing,” a statement from ILS said.
The researchers from ILS claim that plant-based products have multi-targeting potential and in addition are inexpensive and safe compared to synthetic agents. Turmeric biologically called Curcuma Longa is an important cash crop grown by tribal farmers of India particularly Odisha.
The institute which has brought forth this new drug earlier had entered into an MOA (memorandum of association) with NRDC (An enterprise of DSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology) in 2015 for commercialisation of this product.
Based on discussions, the NRDC has now identified Golap Pharmaceuticals, based at Jaipur in Rajasthan for mass scale production and commercialization of Curcumin. The technology has been developed by Dr Sanjeeb Sahoo, a scientist at ILS and his team.