Archive for March 2011
27 March 2011
|With the world struggling to find out an effective drug against tuberculosis for the past five decades, a group of young Indian researchers has come forward to take up the challenge.|
|The team is scrutinising two promising molecules created by pharmaceutical companies to develop a new low-cost drug for India, its neighbours and Africa as drug companies have agreed on providing non-exclusive licensing rights for the developing world, sources told Deccan Herald.
Rifampicin was the last TB medicine discovered in 1963. Since then scientists all over the world are trying to find out new drugs and vaccines against TB without much success so far. The risks involved in drug development are too high.
That is the reason TB Alliance—a global agency funded by pharmaceutical companies and non-profit outfits like Bill Gates Foundation —has turned to India’s Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) platform looking for a break.
Two months ago, TB Alliance brought two molecules to OSDD. The first one is PA 824 developed by US scientists from the industry and universities in 2000 while the second molecule was developed by AstraZeneca in Bangalore three years ago. None have come anywhere close to the market, though the laboratory studies were promising.
The OSDD team at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research will study the two molecules threadbare in-silicon to find out the potential risks and benefits in the long run. The team will decide whether these molecules could be taken up for phase-II clinical trial costing millions….
28 March 2011
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) is organising a two-day ‘CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science ( CPYLS)’ at Neeri Auditorium from March 30 to 31 from 10am. The programme will be attended by 88 SSC-passed meritorious students from various schools of Nagpur and the Vidarbha region along with their parents…..
28 March 2011
NEW DELHI: The Representatives from 35 countries met in New Delhi for three days from 22 March to 24th March to explore how the success of India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) – a landmark project which protects India’s centuries-old traditional knowledge (TK) from misappropriation – could be emulated by interested countries.
In a statement to the three-day International Conference on the Utilization of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library as a Model for Protection of Traditional Knowledge, co-organized by WIPO and India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which was opened on March 22, 2011, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed international cooperation in the fight against the misappropriation of TK…..
27 March 2011
NEW DELHI: India’s very own desi drug eluting stent (DES) will go into trials on large animals in May.
According to the schedule, human trials will be started in another year. If the stent proves “effective and safe for human use”, India will have its low cost stent in another three years.
DES are coated with medication that is slowly released to help prevent growth of scar tissues in the artery lining. This helps the artery remain smooth and open for good blood flow to the heart.
At present, a drug eluting stent costs well over Rs 1.25 lakh while the one being developed under CSIR’s New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NTMLI) may cost as low as Rs 40,000, besides being most advanced in its design…..
28 March 2011
KOLKATA: With the government readying a policy on geothermal energy, private companies in the country are betting high on one of the cleanest sources of power.
Currently, geothermal electricity generation is there in 24 countries and the worldwide installed capacity is 10,715 Mw. In India, companies planning to use heat from the earth’s inner layers to produce electricity include Tata Power, Thermax and GeoSyndicate.
…..However, experts are also a bit sceptical about the capacity of the geo-thermal sector in India. They say the highest potential is in countries in the ‘ring of fire’, like Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.
“India is not known for its geo-thermal reserves. Apart from the Puga area in Ladakh, there is no other region which has enhanced geothermal capability. Moreover, for a long time, the country has not done an authentic study on this,” said Laboni Ray, a senior scientist from the National Geophysical Research Institute….
27 March 2011
NEW DELHI: Representatives from over 35 countries, including Jamaica and Kenya, have expressed interest in emulating India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) project that helps in protecting the country’s traditional knowledge.
The TKDL is aimed at protecting traditional knowledge as well as ensure that wrong patents are not granted.
People from different countries expressed interest in during the three-day conference on TKDL, which concluded here last week. It was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
TKDL’s Senior Advisor and Director V K Gupta told PTI that representatives of over 35 countries who participated in the conference have expressed interest in the project.
Once they make the proposal (for emulating TKDL) formally, the government would consider the same, he said…..
25 March 2011
LUCKNOW: The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, is planning to study the biodiversity of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand with respect to the flora of the area and the effect of climate change on it.
The project, under the 12th five year plan, will also involve development of an elaborate database of the plant resources as well as development of a DNA bank and plant bar code of the medicinal plants in the region.
This will be the first such project undertaken by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand…