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IIIM, Anphar Labs develop process of COVID-19 drug
6/30/2020 12:05:47 AM

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JAMMU, June 29: CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines (IIIM), Jammu and Anphar Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., a Jammu based Pharma Company have jointly developed synthetic lab process of Favipiravir, which has been found as a potential treatment for Coronavirus. Giving the detail of the work carried out by Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-IIIM, Jammu and Anil Gupta, Managing Director, Anphar Laboratories in a joint press statement issued here said that this project was undertaken jointly by IIIM and Anphar Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. immediately after the first lockdown was announced.
Considering the emergent situation of Covid-19, they decided to devise some mechanism to immediately develop the lab process of Favipiravir at CSIR-IIIM and simultaneously scale up the process at the manufacturing at company site in Gangyal Industrial Area.
Accordingly a joint team was constituted with Dr Parvinder Singh, Principal Scientist, Dr Bhawal Ali Shah, Sr Scientist, Dr Mukesh Kumar (SRF), Rohit Singh (SRF), Maninder Singh (Project fellow) from IIIM, side and Ankit Gupta, Technical Director and Dr Rajesh Thaper, Director Racemix Molecules Pvt Ltd from Anphar Laboratories Pvt Ltd side to jointly work to identify the route of synthesis on one side and scaling up the production on the other side. It was further stated that the objective of this work was to synthesize the Favipiravir from indigenously produced chemicals to make it cost effective to make the treatment affordable to the people of India. The team of scientists working on the project said that the task was even more challenging due to the lockdown condition, as the procurement of different chemicals from outside the state was extremely difficult. However, they successfully overcome so many obstacles and finally developed the novel process technology of Favipiravir. About the chemical process involved, it was said that it is extremely complex as it involves 12 stages including some serious hazardous steps. The most important achievement of the process is that not even a single chemical/raw material is imported thus objective of Aatamnirbharta is accomplished in this case.
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