Mangalore University Obtains Its First Patent For An invention Relating to Anti Cancer Compound

Mangalore University Obtains Its First Patent For An invention Relating to Anti Cancer Compound

Mangalore University has obtained its first patent for an invention relating to anti-cancer compound by its two plant researchers K.R. Chandrashekar and Bhagya Nekrakalaya. The invention is titled A process for the extraction and purification of tetrandrine. Tetrandrine is an anti-cancer compound. It is a process for the extraction and purification of tetrandrine from methanol extract Haade balli, collected from the natural forests of Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala. The Patent Office granted the patent (No 369124) to the researchers on June 11, 2021 which will be valid for 20 years from May 8. The two researchers working on the tissue culture and bioprospection of Western Ghats plants found the presence of tetrandrine in Haade balli. They tested its anti-cancerous potential using cancer cells. Further, they developed a simple process for its extraction from the plants and purification into a single molecule from a complex mixture using simple glass column chromatography technique.

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