We have created state-of-the-art infrastructure with the latest equipment and research tools to research in the major disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences. The fields include formulation development, drug discovery and development studies, molecular and cellular level studies, herbal drug development, clinical research and quality assurance.
Formulation and development is a significant segment in the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. The challenge today is determining modern dosage form with an appropriate drug delivery system to enhance patient compliance. Therefore, the Department of Pharmaceutics and the Department of Pharmaceutical technology have created state-of-the-art formulation development laboratories and infrastructure to research in this field.
The following equipment are available for development, evaluation and characterisation of formulations. High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Rotary Flash Evaporator
Rotary Tablet Compression Machine
Three departments of the Institute, namely Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy, have involved in the drug discovery development-related research. The major areas include the design of new chemical entities in the field of anticancer, diabetes, anti-tubercular agents, anti-hypertensive, inflammation, neurological disorders, etc. Infrastructure and equipment available in these departments are as follows.
Computerized Molecular Modeling Facilities
Microwave Organic Synthesizer
Biosafety Level II cabinets
Microtiter Plate Reader with Fluorescence and Chemiluminiscence
Microtiter Plate Washer
High-performance Liquid Chromatography System
The Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Pharmacognosy have strengthened their infrastructure for molecular and cellular level research. The significant areas of research include anticancer, bacteriology, neurological disorders and hepatoprotective activities. The departments have the following infrastructure for conducting research.
Bio-safety Cabinet Level II
Laminar Flow Unit
Micro titre Plate Washer
Micro titre Plate Reader with Fluorescence and Chemiluminiscence
Tissue Culture Facility
The Department of Pharmacognosy is engaged in herbal research. Its dedicated labs for formulation development and evaluation comprise equipment such as dissolution apparatus, HPTLC and UV spectrophotometer. The department is also equipped with the required infrastructure for phytochemical investigation. Roto- vapors and large scale columns are added for purification and isolation of bio- actives from natural products. Herbal dietary supplements in the form of tablets, floating tablets, herbal patches, and different herbal creams have been successfully developed and evaluated in the department. The principal instruments in this department include
Large Scale Columns
Incubator for Plant Cell Biotechnology
High-performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
The Department of Pharmacy Practice is involved in the area of practice-based research by establishing various clinical services at Shri B.M.Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre. Drug information, adverse drug reaction and medication errors and clinical toxicology were the areas of research during the initial years.
The thrust areas of research at present includes pharmaceutical care, renal disease, respiratory disorders, patient safety, pharmacometrics, clinical toxicology and infectious disease and antibiotic stewardship, and electronic documentation of pharmacy services and its impact on practice.