Research and Development

AVP Group over the years expanded from ‘Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing’ to the field of ‘treatment centres’, ‘education and research’, and ‘manufacturing of ayurvedic equipments’ to ensure high quality products, practitioners and services. The twin values of commitment to ‘quality of care’ and ‘purity of treatment’ are the distinguishing factors of AVP. The main treatment facility of AVP called The Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam & Research Institute (AVC), functioning since 1957, is located in the heart of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu state, India. AVC has the distinction of being one of the first ayurvedic hospitals to become ISO 9001:2008 certified for its compliance with international quality standards. After much scrutiny by the western media and medical fraternity, due to its relentless efforts to propagate Ayurveda, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in its investigative feature on Ayurveda has featured AVC and the Washington Post has also acclaimed it as the ‘Mayo Clinic of Ayurveda’! AVC had partnered with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for research on the efficacy of ayurvedic treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. In recognition of this pioneering work, AVC has been the recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA for the first-ever clinical trial to scientifically evaluate Ayurveda outside the USA. Department of AYUSH, Government of India awarded “Centre of Excellence” in clinical rheumatology in the year 2009. AVP initiated a comprehensive clinical documentation program to produce preliminary data on safety and efficacy of Ayurveda treatments With the backing of its decade-old efforts on research in Ayurveda, The AVP Research Foundation (formerly known as AVT Institute for Advanced Research) was established in 2003 as a research department under AVC and became an independent not-for-profit research institution registered in 2012. The foundation is known for its excellence in clinical research on Ayurvedic medicines, initiatives on practice-based evidence, developing research and education oriented softwares for Ayurvedic fraternity and its journal indexing service in Ayurveda. The department of scientific and industrial research, Government of India has recognised the institution as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO). The AVCRI, Ramanathapuram campus is also famous for a unique ‘Dhanwantari Temple’ and attracts patients from all over the world. The Arya Vaidyan P V Ramavarier Birth Centennial Ayurveda Hospital and Training Academy located at the foothills of the Western Ghats in a serene, unpolluted and picturesque environment. It is a chosen destination for many foreigners with learning and treatment interests. Saranya Ayurveda Hospital is the other facility in the National Highway to Kerala is nestled in a beautiful rustic location. AVP has official tie-ups with Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland and Latvia to conduct academic and research activities. AVP Baltics was registered in 2015 in Riga, Latvia with an aim to promote Ayurveda in European Union, with Baltic countries as the base.

R&D lab at Factory , Kanjikode

The R&D laboratory is housed in the factory premises at Kanjikode, Kerala.

The laboratory is recognized as an in-house R&D by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Functions

  • Monitoring production activities
  • Quality control
  • Product and process studies.
  • New product development.

The functions are executed in three departments

  • Chemistry Department.
  • Botany Department.
  • Microbiology department.
  • Product development section.

Chemistry Department

  • Quality control of the basic raw materials for production like oil, ghee, jaggery, sugar, honey, butter etc.

  • Every lot of such materials are subjected to the quality tests. The materials conforming to the in-house quality parameters alone are taken to production. The non-conforming materials are rejected

  • In-process quality control of various production procedures.

  • Quality checks on finished products.

  • Exploratory studies on products.

  • Studies on herbal residues.

Microbiology Department

  • Conducts microbiological studies on various production areas and validates the sterile areas of  production facility.

  • The total counts of various finished products as a part of quality control procedures.

  • Generation of tissue culture saplings of endangered species of medicinal plants.

  • Studies on  rooting  cultures.

Botany Department

  • The whole range of herbs that comes to production are tested for their compliance with the in-house quality norms.

  • A thorough study on the spurious drugs  present in the market is undertaken.

  • Provides leads to the new product development.

Other R&D Activities

Trainings /Projects

Training programs in the R&D division of the The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Cbe) Ltd at Kanjikode, Palakkad -Kerala 

  1. Facility to do short term projects associated with Msc , Mphil programs of various universities in Chemistry, Botany, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology .
  2. Industrial Trainings for B.A.M.S and M.D (Ay) students, with .Special sessions on Q/C aspects - Duration -up to 1 month.
  3. Projects on various industrial topics/herbs for M.D (Ay) students as a part of their thesis/dissertation work.

The projects are guided by trained experts in relevant fields. The fee structure is based on the nature of analytical work and duration of work.


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