Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
News18 » India
1-min read

India Pharma Giant Cipla and CSIR-IICT to Join Hands to Create Anti-coronavirus Drugs

IICT director S Chandrasekhar said that due to artificial intelligence and advanced computational and mathematical models, it is not difficult to narrow down to the chemical compounds required for the drug.

News18.com

Updated:March 22, 2020, 1:13 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
India Pharma Giant Cipla and CSIR-IICT to Join Hands to Create Anti-coronavirus Drugs
Passengers wear face masks as a precaution against COVID-19 at the Secunderabad Railway Station in Hyderabad on March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Indian pharmaceutical giant Cipla has offered to immediately manufacture three promising chemical compounds with anti-viral properties to treat COVID-19 and has sought the help of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) to make Active Pharma Ingredients (APIs) for the same.

According to a report by The Hindu, IICT director S Chandrasekhar and principal scientist Prathama S Mainkar on Tuesday said that Cipla chairman YK Hamied has requested them to start preparing the chemical compounds — Favipiravir, Remidesivir and Bolaxavir — so that his pharma-biotech firm can start the next phase of trials, regulatory authority approvals and subsequent mass production of the anti-viral drugs “at any cost”.

Dr Chandrasekhar and Dr Mainkar said several anti-viral drugs were discovered in the past few years but were halted after clinical trails due to lack of demand. IICT scientists had narrowed down to about 15 such compounds which had passed toxicology reports and the above three are in that category.

“Favipiravir and Remidesivir have already undergone clinical trials and hence we will not require much time to make them as the raw materials are readily available. It could take about six to 10 weeks to make them. We had proactively started making the molecules in our modern Kilo lab with scientists working in two shifts. Process to start Bolaxavir molecule will begin now,” they said.

The director explained that due to artificial intelligence, deep data mining and advanced computational and mathematical models, it is not difficult to narrow down to the chemical compounds required. “We will be making about 100gm each to begin with. Cipla will follow it up with bio-equivalence tests on dogs and human trials before approaching the regulatory authority to manufacture the drug to cure coronavirus,” he said.

Support the daily wage earners who have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to contribute to the cause. #IndiaGives

The daily News18 Coronavirus COVID-19 newsletter - Get your copy here.

Subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube

Read full article

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results

India

  • Active Cases

    4,714

     
  • Total Confirmed

    5,274

     
  • Cured/Discharged

    410

     
  • Total DEATHS

    149

     
Data Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
Updated: April 08 (05:00 PM)
Hospitals & Testing centres

World

  • Active Cases

    1,061,901

     
  • Total Confirmed

    1,455,364

    +24,445
  • Cured/Discharged

    309,818

     
  • Total DEATHS

    83,645

    +1,611
Data Source: Johns Hopkins University, U.S. (www.jhu.edu)
Hospitals & Testing centres