Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences (ASPS)(ISSN: 2581-5423)

Mini Review Volume 5 Issue 7

Mission-oriented Research Leads Frequently to a Product for Industry

GP Talwar1*, Jagdish C Gupta1, SA Zaheer2, Shripad Patil3, Avi K Bansal3, Dipankar Nandi4, Bakulesh Khamar5, Somesh Gupta6, S Puruswani1, Hemant K Vyas1 and Krishna Ella7

1Talwar Research Foundation, New Delhi, India
2Department of Dermatology, Max Multi Speciality Centre, New Delhi, India
3National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
4Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
5Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad, India
6Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7Bharat Biotech International Ltd, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

*Corresponding Author: GP Talwar, Director Research, Talwar Research Foundation, New Delhi, India.

Received: May 04, 2021; Published: May 30, 2022


This article reviews research which we undertook to combat Leprosy, of which the largest number of patients are in India. We had to learn first why a person becomes victim to this disease while more than 98% of us are immune to it. The defect is their inability to react to some key antigens of M. leprae. Having found that, the next issue was whether we can do anything to overcome this defect.

We developed a vaccine against Leprosy which is based on a cultivable, non-pathogenic mycobacteria originally coded as Mw. The gene sequence of Mw has been determined and it has been named as Mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP), Pran is my family name and nii, the National Institute of Immunology from where trials were carried out.

Heat killed MIP given as adjunct to standard drugs expedites recovery of patients. It also renders a high percentage of multibacillary patients Lepromin positive from otherwise permanent Lepromin negativity status. Patients treated with MIP recover free of ugly blemishes which Drugs alone fail to achieve.

MIP is also effective in treatment of Category II, Difficult to treat tuberculosis patients. It is a potent invigorator of immune response and enhances significantly antibody titres of the anti-hCG vaccine under development for control of pregnancy. At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, it has been used for curing ugly ano-genital warts.

Keywords: Mycobacteria; Mycobacterium indicus pranii; WHO


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Citation: GP Talwar., et al. “Mission-oriented Research Leads Frequently to a Product for Industry". Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 6.6 (2022): 47-51.


Copyright: © 2020 GP Talwar., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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