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CENTER FOR DRUG DELIVERY TECHNOLOGIES

 

Presently, development of novel drug delivery systems/ technologies has been considered as an important and integral part of the pharmaceutical product development process. Most of advanced work related to these areas is taking place in the universities and institutions. Pharmaceutical companies are always interested at the development of novel drug delivery systems/ technologies for existing drugs. Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS), an institute which is consistently ranked among top 10 institutes in India, is constantly performing well in academics as well as in research. The research output of MCOPS is enormous with respect to publications, patents, collaborations and research grants. Drug delivery technologies are one of the core research areas of MCOPS. The Center for Drug Delivery Technologies has been established at MCOPS in order to enhance the capability of MCOPS in the related research areas. The center has started functioning officially from 01-Dec-2016.

 

Objectives

  1. Facilitation of the research in the area of drug delivery technologies
  2. Convergence of Industry and Academia in Research and Development activities - To bring academia and industries on a single platform for product development
  3. Value addition to the ongoing research

 

Activities

The centre, comprising several researchers, has been created for successfully executing the research projects related to novel drug delivery technologies, conducting hands on training workshops and seminars, submitting the proposals for funding, attempting to transform the developed product into scaled up product, adding the value to ongoing research work by taking the inputs from allied research areas, etc. It is also one of the activities of the centre to approach the funding agencies and industries to provide grants, projects, instruments and to establish state-of-the-art facility in a specified area.

 

Coordinators

Coordinator: Dr Srinivas Mutalik, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.

Co-coordinator: Dr KB Koteshwara, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutics, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.

 

Manipal Academy of Higher Education – STEERLIFE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN TWIN SCREW PROCESSING

STEERLife, Bangalore is a part of the STEER Group. The STEER Group, founded in 1993 by Dr Babu Padmanabhan, is dedicated to the design, formation and application of advanced materials and platform technologies that transform and functionalise the materials in the field of pharmaceuticals, food & nutraceuticals, biomaterials, etc. STEERLife's technology solutions help the pharmaceutical manufacturers for the transition from Batch to Continuous processing. The STEERLife’s custom-built solutions are scalable, versatile and time efficient and economical. STEERLife also works with pharmaceutical companies to develop new drug delivery systems and differentiated products. STEERLife’s expertise in the technologies has led to the development of solutions for enhanced bioavailability/ solubility, containment, sustained release, taste masking, etc.

 

STEERLife, Bangalore has established the state-of-the-art facility in Hot Melt Extrusion or Twin Screw Processing by providing a Co-rotating Twin Screw Processor of about INR 60-80 Lakhs. The twin screw processor (OMICRON – 10P) is being successfully used in various research projects at MCOPS. A senior technician trained at STEERLife undertakes all the responsibility of maintenance and handling of the machine.

 

Ongoing MPharm/ PhD Projects: Several research projects involving the hot melt extrusion or twin screw processing such as solid dispersions, cream formulations, co-crystals, microencapsulation, etc are under progress.

 

Services: The centre undertakes the projects involving extrusion, hot melt extrusion or twin screw process from industries, academic institutions or other research organizations on fee-for-service basis. The centre also rentals the machine to industry professionals for their projects.

 

 

Contact details

Dr C Mallikarjuna Rao

Professor and Principal

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 576104

Karnataka State, India

Email: mallik.rao@manipal.edu

 

Dr Srinivas Mutalik

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 576104

Karnataka State, India

Email: ss.mutalik@manipal.edu

 

CENTER FOR DRUG DELIVERY TECHNOLOGIES