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CSIR-IICT in licensing agreement with Lee Pharma for 2-DG

2-DG developed by DRDO and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has received approval for use in COVID-19 patients

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, (IICT), a constituent laboratory of CSIR and Lee Pharma, an integrated pharmaceutical company, based in Hyderabad have entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement for the synthesis of 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2-DG). Recently, 2-DG developed by DRDO and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has received approval for use in COVID-19 patients. It has been found to help speed up recovery and reduce oxygen dependence and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has launched the drug in the form of sachets.

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Lee Pharma informed that they would apply to get approval from DCGI, New Delhi. Lee Pharma will manufacture and commercialise the 2-DG sachets from their formulation facility located at SEZ, Duvvada, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, which has the accreditations, by global regulatory agencies.

Dr Srivari Chandrashekar, Director CSIR-IICT highlighted, “There is the role of CSIR in development of 2-DG, as CSIR-CCMB tested the drug on SARS-CoV-2 viral cultures. CSIR has been engaged in the development of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 and has undertaken many clinical trials for repurposed drugs. Additionally, this agreement with Lee Pharma is towards increasing affordable therapeutic options for treatment of COVID-19.”

Raghumitra Alla, Director, Lee Pharma said, “This collaboration with CSIR-IICT for 2-DG, API is part of our broader strategy for enhancing COVID-19 treatment options. Further CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad is well-known for its high-quality research and development of various new molecules and we feel proud to be associated with them.”

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