CDRI scientist conferred with Tata Innovation Fellowship

Major scientific contributions of the Central Drug Research Institute based scientist, Dr Ritu Trivedi are in the area of Metabolic Bone Disorders specifically post-menopausal osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

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Dr Ritu Trivedi.

Lucknow: Dr Ritu Trivedi, the Principal Scientist at Central Drug Research Institute has been conferred with prestigious Tata Innovation Fellowship 2019-20 in recognition of her outstanding research contributions. This fellowship is meant to honour and encourage scientists involved in translational research by innovative scientific knowledge and platform technologies.

Tata Innovation Fellowship is a competitive scheme instituted by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology to recognize and reward scientists with an outstanding track record in biological sciences/ biotechnology and deep commitment to finding innovative solutions to major problem in healthcare, agriculture and other areas related to the life sciences and biotechnology.

Major scientific contributions of Dr Ritu Trivedi are in the area of Metabolic Bone Disorders specifically post-menopausal osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis.

Her work has led to pipeline of potential products from natural resources and small molecules for improvement of bone health. Out of these, 99/373 (CDRI code) showed promise for post-menopausal osteoporosis and has got DCGI approval for clinical trial. From natural resources, Dalbergia sissoo exhibited osteogenic efficacy with novel osteogenic marker which has led to translational benefits as a rapid fracture healing agent. The Technology was transferred to Pharmanza Pvt. Ltd. and named REUNION®. The ompletion of clinical trial (CTRI/2015/06/005850) has led the product to be formally available in the market.

Another product by the name JOINT FRESH® from Spinacea oleracea has cartilage proliferative ability and is thus positioned for osteoarthritis is also in the market as a nutraceutical. These contributions have led to 21 patents to her credit with more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals. She is the fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India).