Altai Krai official website: Innovation Promotion Foundation supported the project of chemists at Altai State University

2 May 2020 Department of Information and Media Communications
The official website of Altai Krai announced that Altai State University was included in the list of projects that received funding under the UMNIK program of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology (Foundation for Assistance to Innovation).

According to the results of the regional stages of the UMNIK competition, the project of the 4th year student of the Institute of Chemistry and Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies of Altai State University Dmitry Karpitsky "Development of a technology for the integrated use of plant raw materials obtained by biotechnology", under the scientific supervision of Head of the Department of Biotechnology of the South Siberian Botanical Garden of Altai State University, Associate Professor of the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Institute of Chemical Physics and Technology Lyudmila Tikhomirova, received a grant support of 500 thousand rubles.

Dmitry Karpitsky's project offers biotechnology for obtaining plant raw materials with a given BAS content and its complex waste-free processing.

“Our project proposes the development of a new technology for obtaining plant raw materials of Siberian iris, as well as complex processing of the obtained raw materials, including the production of essential oils for cosmetology, alcohol and water extracts, individual substances with antiviral activity. The protein meal obtained as a result of the extraction will be processed into an organic plant growth stimulant, which is used for growing plant materials. Application and implementation of the results will help to obtain and use high-quality renewable medicinal raw materials without destroying natural reserves and minimizing production waste”, explains the author of the project.

“New challenges associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus infection pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have set the task of developing means of preventing and combating viral infection. This is a complex and lengthy procedure. The developed personal hygiene products based on medicinal plant materials with a broad spectrum of antiviral activity could become a barrier to infection while the vaccine is being created”, notes the project's scientific director Lyudmila Tikhomirova. “Employees of the Department of Biotechnology of the South Siberian Botanical Garden together with the Department of Organic Chemistry are developing biotechnology for obtaining medicinal plant materials. One of the promising species is Siberian iris (Iris sibirica L.), which synthesizes xanthone glycoside mangiferin with antiviral activity. The project "Development of technology for the integrated use of plant raw materials obtained by biotechnology" is aimed at developing an effective method for obtaining scarce species of medicinal plants that produce essential oils and polyphenolic compounds by tissue culture, coupled with aeroponic cultivation, as well as a method for obtaining substances with antibacterial and antiviral activity on based on them, which will make an important contribution to the development of pharmaceutical technology for the production of herbal antiseptic preparations”.

The victory in this competition was the result of hard work of both the participant of the competition and the scientific supervisor.

“We would like to note that last year Dmitry was actively involved in the start-up movement of the university, passed a competitive selection and became a resident of the Russian-Chinese business incubator, got the opportunity to present a project during an internship in China. Dmitry also participated in competitions for start-up projects, which allowed him to prepare the presentation of the project for offline defense. There are two years of research ahead, and then the opportunity to receive funding under the Start program”, concluded Olga Vysotskaya, Director of the Center for Technological Entrepreneurship Development, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management.

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