Animal research facility of Frontier Mediville gets approval

Frontier Mediville has got the approval by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoE&F) to start small and large animal housing facilities for research purposes. It would be able to house over 90 beagle-type dogs, 100 pigs, 100 sheep and 100 buffaloes owing to the facility getting its approval from the CPCSEA or the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals.

Mediville animal house might facilitate the drug development companies all over India for conducting animal studies in Tamil Nadu.In drug discovery process, after the lab based research the investigational new drug (IND) gets permission from ICMR to conduct animal study. Only after scrutiny of the animal study reports, the drug is approved for clinical research. At present, the number of authentic animal houses in the country is very few. Most importantly, there are many academic researches’ in life science which need animal study reports.

Having an animal facility that adheres to the Government’s GMP and GLP (Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices) norms, will attract drug companies to undertake research. And as research is done locally, it will make locally-researched drugs and products more economical, even as it brings in foreign exchange. Frontier Mediville located at Elavur village, about 40 kilometres away from Chennai was developed by Frontier Lifeline Hospitals and Dr. K M Cherian Heart Foundation in partnership with Tamilnadu Industrial Developmental Corporation and the Technology Development Board. Dr P V Appaji, Director General of Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) commented that availability of such certified animal facility centers would help the Indian pharma sector in export growth also.