BITS Pilani Research Team working on Anti-HIV Drug

The research team of BITS Pilani (Hyderabad campus) research team has received financial backing from the “Support Program of Scientific & Technological Cooperation” between trilateral India, Brazil & South Africa, financed by Department of Science & Technology, Indian Govt. The dedicated team has started the research work in the area of a seditious Anti HIV drug.

The project is targeted with coordinating these three research group with expertise in Drug design, Formulation & Synthesis, Natural Product-based Design, Biochemists & Medical Professionals to gather for research work on this (novel) anti-HIV drug. The radical project was initiated through a solicitation by the South African research team who aligned with Brazilian scientists to apply for potential support.

The researchers at BITS Pilani are also collaborating in the fields of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Biochemistry with research groups of Brazils & South Africa (Federal university of PARA, Brazil; University of KWA Zulu Natal, South Africa). The research group will also work closely towards a long term productive research work, extending beyond their three year grand period term. Post successful grant application, the group of AIIMS to demonstrate proof of concept thereby attracting more substantial funding based on the result obtained by the end of this grant term.

AIDS has become a major epidemic since it was first recognized as a disease in early 1980s. It has seized lives of millions of people & about 40 million people are estimated to be currently infected with HIV virus.

BITS Pilani became a Deemed University established vide Sec. 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 under notification No. F.12-23/63.U-2 of June 18, 1964. The Institute has strong linkages with industry, as can be seen by its off-campus Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) which enrolled 19,000 students from corporate enterprises in 2009. Practical experience in the industry is instituted in the curriculum itself as a “Practice School” program, where students work with various companies throughout India.

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