The recent years have witnessed revival of interest in herbal medicine as more and more people throughout world are
turning to use medicinal plant products in healthcare. WHO currently encourages, recommends and promotes traditional
herbal remedies in national healthcare programmes. In modern times the issues of quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are
interrelated. The quality of drug is of supreme importance as it can affect the issues of efficacy and safety. There are always changes
of wide variations with respect to their chemical contents in crude drugs/ raw materials of plant origin due to various reasons
such as climate, geographic distribution, source and season of collection etc. Bioprocess engineering has played a successful role
in developing and producing pharmaceuticals from fungal and bacterial origin. The principles of this technology have already
been exploited for commercial production of vaccines and therapeutic proteins from animal origin. The potential and knowledge
of Bioprocess engineering has not yet fully exploited for commercial production of biopharmaceuticals from herbal origin.
Scale up of suspension cultures, tissue and organ cultures of medicinal plants can overcome most of the shortcomings of herbal
medicines obtained from natural resources. This approach also helps to understand and modulate the pathway for production of
desired bioactive compounds in vitro.
Prasad A. Wadegaonkar has done post graduation in Biotechnology from M.S. University Baroda and Ph.D. from R.S.U. Raipur. He has worked as
Production Manager at Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corp. Ltd. At present he is working as Associate Professor in Biotechnology at Sant
Gade Baba Amravati University. He has setup Bioprocess Laboratory at Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University for integration of plant cell culture,
animal cell culture and bacterial system. He has also established Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility under BTISNet of DBT, Govt. of India.
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