Manipal Academy of Higher Education, STEERLife sign MoU to establish Centre of Excellence on MCOPS campus

Manipal Academy of Higher Education signed a memorandum of understanding with STEERLife, creator of cutting edge, proprietary continuous processing technology to establish a Centre of Excellence located at the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) campus. The centre will combine industrial expertise, academic prowess coupled with collaborative in-depth research to develop solutions in highly diversified areas of life sciences that can effectively help the industry battle problems related to regulatory burden, reject rates, time and cost inefficiencies as well as limitations of working with sensitive and valuable materials. The centre will expose students and researchers to cutting edge technology capable of processing materials of the future without the limitations present in today's solutions. Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education said, "Manipal Institutions have long been distinguished for excellence in education. We strive to provide our students with world-class facilities and real-time experiences that can help develop them into global leaders. This Centre of Excellence is one such initiative where for the first time engineering and pharmaceutical sciences are coming together to give our students access to cutting-edge technology and expertise that has the potential to revolutionize life sciences. We are delighted to partner with STEERLife in making this a reality". With the Manipal Centre of Excellence being the first of its kind in India, STEERLife, as a part of it's continuing commitment and efforts to realize its vision of changing the way medicines and nutritional products are made and taken, is also partnering with academic institutions of repute in the US. About the partnership, Babu Padmanabhan, Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer, STEERLife and Founder and Promoter, STEER Group, said, "The Centre of Excellence provides a platform for the industry and academia to work together on developing innovative solutions that could transform millions of lives. Our proprietary continuous processing technology helps control shear, remove stagnation and effectively transform characteristics of bio-based and synthesized materials making pharmaceutical products, food, and nutritional products safer and more effective. The technology when coupled with some of the most intelligent minds from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, can truly help India deliver solutions that are world class and life changing". "Under the terms of the partnership STEERLife will provide proprietary co-rotating twin screw technology platform and equipment, sponsor a doctoral research program and impart the requisite training. The Centre will also engage students pursuing their Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral studies on research based projects and mentor them in specific areas. As part of this engagement, the identified students will spend time at STEERLife's Pharmaceutical Development Center in Bengaluru for hands-on industrial experience," said Indu Bhushan, Chief Technical Officer, STEERLife.