The Centre for Excellence in Pharma Sector, Uttarakhand Technical University (CEP-UTU) was established in 2015.
To be a nationally and internationally recognized premier Centre of Excellence in Research and Entrepreneurial Training in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Technology.
To undertake advanced research through value based system to produce not just global professionals but ingenious thinkers in the field of Pharmacy and Health care.
Achieving these goals will require a closer collaboration amongst the research institutions in order to leverage existing capacity to support product development while at the same time building new capacity in Uttarakhand. It will aim at developing infrastructure and broader collaboration across India and abroad.
INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH
The pharmaceutical sciences combine a broad range of scientific disciplines that are critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. Pharmaceutical sciences can be broadly classified into the following main categories, with many specialized fields within each category.
Drug Discovery and Design
Drug Discovery and Design deals with the design and synthesis of new drug molecules. This category includes specialized fields of study such as medicinal chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, structural biology, identification of biological targets, and assay development to test drug candidates.
Drug Delivery is concerned with the design of dosage forms, such as tablets, injections or patches that will deliver the drug to the site of action in a patient. The purpose is to ensure that the drug arrives in the right concentration and at the right time. Specialty fields within Drug Delivery include pharmaceutics, biomaterials, and pharmacokinetics.
Drug Action examines how the drug itself actually works in a living system, which is the definition of pharmacology. The action of the drug can be studied at the molecular level, in a cell, an organ, and in animals. Specialty fields within Drug Action include molecular biology, pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, toxicology and biochemistry.
Clinical Sciences are concerned with the use of drugs in the treatment of diseases. Particular properties of new drugs, such as efficacy, adverse effects, drug-to-drug interaction, bioavailability are determined in clinical trials in humans.
Drug Analysis involves separating, identifying, and quantifying the components of a sample. Analytical chemistry is an important component of all areas of the pharmaceutical sciences.
Cost Effectiveness of Medicines (Pharmacoeconomics)
Cost Effectiveness of Medicines (Pharmacoeconomics) examines the economic savings from the use of one drug rather than others, with regard to costs for the drug itself and patient management (e.g., compliance, quality of life, physician visits and potential hospitalization).
Regulatory Affairs promotes communication, understanding, and cooperation between scientists from industry and academia and the regulatory authorities worldwide who govern approval and distribution, by means of developing regulatory guidelines.
These categories are beginning to overlap with the interdisciplinary approach. For example, a scientific engineer working in Drug Delivery needs to understand how toxicology affects Drug Action, and a chemist working in Drug Discovery and Design must know about the pharmacokinetics of Drug Delivery. For this reason, pharmaceutical scientists are required to have a broad base of knowledge in a variety of sciences.
Pharmacogenomics (a portmanteau of pharmacology and genomics) is the study of the role of genetics in drug response. It deals with the influence of acquired and inherited genetic variation on drug response in patients by correlating gene expression or single-nucleotide polymorphisms with drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, as well as drug receptor target effects. The term pharmacogenomics is often used interchangeably with pharmacogenetics. Although both terms relate to drug response based on genetic influences, pharmacogenetics focuses on single drug-gene interactions, while pharmacogenomics encompasses a more genome-wide association approach, incorporating genomics and epigenetics while dealing with the effects of multiple genes on drug response.
Meeting with Industry For the establishment of Centre for Excellence in the Pharma sector, under the UTU, the First Meet of Centre for Excellence entitled “Scientific Relations between Academia & Industries: Bridging the gap for the Benefits of the Society” was organized by Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun. The meeting was attended by the senior dignitaries of various industries which included the Himalaya Drug Company, IPCA Lab Pvt. Ltd., Intas Pharma Pvt. Ltd and few others along with the Academicians of various Pharmacy Colleges. Dr.S.Farooq, President, The Himalaya Drug Company presided as the Hon’ble Chief Guest. The welcome address by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, UTU, Prof. P.K.Garg added the charisma to the meeting. The major points pondered were to improve the drug productivity along with the Advanced Research Area, merger of the academicians with their recent research, identification of facility/equipment as well as research projects at the newly established Centre. The meeting concluded with a high note of contemplating views by various ignited minds blended with an aim to improve the Pharma sector .
One day workshop entitled “Intellectual Property Rights: In house Patent filling “was held on August 24, 2015. The workshop was conducted by UTU under the banner of Centre for Excellence in Pharma.
Marching ahead with the work of centre for Excellence in the Pharma (CEP), a one day workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights – In house Patent Filing” was successfully conducted by Uttarakhand Technical University on 24th August’ 2015, sponsored by UCOST.
The workshop focused on various issues related to IPR, such as Patent searching, Patenting system in India & Technology commercialization. Keynote speakers with their zeal for enlightening the audience left a mark on one & all.
Prof. Gajendra Singh, Ex-vice Chancellor of Doon University graced the event as Chief Guest. The efforts of UCOST were highly admirable under the leadership of Dr. Rajendra Dobhal who presided over the function as Guest of Honor. The Vice Chancellor of UTU, Prof P.K.Garg added his concern to the event by spreading the importance of patenting amongst new inventors.