Monday April 22, 2019

India becomes the third country to produce nano-crystal based medicines

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Chandigarh: National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali has enabled India to develop the required technology to produce raw materials for manufacturing nano crystal based medicines.

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With this, India joins US and Ireland, and becomes the third country to have this technology, according to a report published in Times of India.

Nanocrystals are basically nanometer sized particles that can act more efficiently than conventional drugs. The disadvantage with the conventional drugs is that they are not easily soluble in water. In fact, around 60% of them are insoluble in water. Hence, when these drugs are taken into the body, most of them are excreted out as they do not get absorbed into blood.

NanoCrySP, the nano crystalline solid dispersions that can be produced using the NPER’s technology will address the issue of non-solubility as these nano-crystals easily get dissolved and absorbed into the blood stream.

The nano-crystals occupy a lion’s share of 60% in the $136 billion global market of nanotechnology medicines. With an intention to tap this market, NIPER has already got an Indian patent and has submitted applications for American and European patents.

NIPER has further entered into a licensing agreement with an Indian pharmaceutical company- Windlas Biotech limited, for scaling up and commercialization of the drug.

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)