The biotechnology research institution, started in the year 2007, is a major initiative of SCMS Group in a frontier area of science recognized by DSIR, Government of India. It has obtained six national and three international patents and published more than 50 research based articles in refereed journals of global reputation and acceptance. The institute has transferred three technologies to industry already at national level.
The main technologies developed are RT-PCR method for early detection of CHIK virus, purification protocol of natural sweetener Stevioside from Stevia leaves, Harvesting and processing technology of coconut Neera, rapid molecular detection of Chik virus by direct & indirect ELISA using recombinant antigen. For the first time, the research team of SIBBR&D has characterized the lactoferrin gene of vechur cow (NCBI gene accession No. GU059864; JF926526, JF926527, JF926528) the critical breed for determining its therapeutic relevance compared to tither breeds.
The products so far developed are: Coconut biofuel for diesel engines, Kera Nutrivita, Low fat tender coconut cream, Neera as health drink, Neera concentrate, Neera sugar
The institute has completed six research projects funded by technology Mission, Government of India and DST, Government of India for an amount of 2.2 crores. The institute has organized one international seminar on Tissue engineering in 2010 and one National seminar on coconut biofuel in 2015 at SCMS, Cochin.
Currently the research activities of the institute focussed on the molecular mechanism of the insulinomimetic property of stevioside, action of marker genes of wound healing, antidiabetic property of jack fruit and therapeutic effect of Neera
External Funded Projects
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