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Release date : Saturday 10 April 2021 - 9:48

The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology: 230 Creative Knowledge-Based Companies Active in Medicinal Plants Branch

The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology: 230 Creative Knowledge-Based Companies Active in Medicinal Plants Branch

The implementation of the clauses in the Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine Document, which was passed by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, is one of the tens of strategic plans which is included in the agenda by the Council. Tehran-IRNA- The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and

The implementation of the clauses in the Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine Document, which was passed by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, is one of the tens of strategic plans which is included in the agenda by the Council.
Tehran-IRNA- The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology stated that 230 creative, licensed knowledge-based companies are active as producers of medicine and traditional medical products.
Last year, although there was a Corona Virus restriction, knowledge-based companies’ businesses in the field of medicinal plants, could overtake a considerable amount of the market.
The implementation of the clauses in the Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine Document, which was passed by the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, is one of the tens of strategic plans which is included in the agenda by the National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology.
The Council has endeavored to implement the strategies such as revision, modification, simplicity as well as updating the rules, regulations and standards.
Furthermore, the National Council for Science and Technology cooperated with the Office of Iranian Medicine of Ministry of Health and Medical Education and other organizations to raise awareness about this field and correct the public’s view of traditional medicine, promote a healthy lifestyle and regimen based on the teachings of traditional medicine, as well as to reform monitoring and assessment procedures of this branch of medicine.
According to a report of the Vice-Presidency by IRNA, of other Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine National Document strategies, the following can be named: effective support of fundamental, developed and practical research in the traditional medicine branch as well as developing traditional medicine to address domestic consumption and to eliminate the need for the imported products.
The Council has supported establishment and organization of effective and reliable institutions in the field of traditional medicine as well as traditional pharmaceutical and promoted philosophical foundation of traditional medicine. By doing so, it has prepared an opportunity to establish an active interaction and synergy between the modern and the traditional medicine.
Thriving of the Creative Knowledge-based Companies in the Field of Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants
The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, Mohammad Hassan Assareh, referred to over 230 creative, licensed knowledge-based companies producing medicines and traditional medical products and said, “at the moment, over 44 creative companies are active in the field of medicinal plants.”
Referring to the support given to over 48 creative companies, he added, “with the help of Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology and the biome development plan of the creative companies, scientific and innovative potential capacities in the companies of medicinal plants and traditional medicine have been added with the help of biomes, and the shares of these companies increased.”
Assareh noted that over 300 innovative companies in the field of herbal medicine as well as traditional and natural-based products are active, “in the past 10 years, we have witnessed a ten-fold increase of license issuance to produce herbal medicine and natural-based products, which has reached 3733 items.”
He added, “the licenses issued for the production of traditional medical products have risen from 7 to 1471 items, in the last 10 years, which is a great step in the development of such products.”
Referring to the increase of production and sales of herbal medicine as well as traditional and natural-based products to 2000 billion toman in 2019, assareh said, “there was also an 85 percent decline of imports of natural-based products in 2020 in comparison to the previous year, which is another achievement in the field of domestic market and capital preservation.”
Assareh further pointed to the market and the target group of several billion livestock and poultry and the need to be more attentive to this field. He added that in the recent ten years, production licenses for drugs and herbal supplements for livestock has had an eight times increase and reached 100 items.
Supporting Promotional Events
The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology went on to stress the need for awareness and culturalization for the potential capacity of medicinal plants in the communities.
Assareh mentioned the four terms of biannual national exhibitions and festivals of medicinal plants, natural-based and traditional medical products in the 8 recent years and the support for holding the conferences, exhibitions, congresses and festivals as well as technical festivals of medicinal plants and traditional medicine which are among the Council’s activities to identify the capacities and capabilities of the country in the field of medicinal plants and traditional medicine.
He also said, “there are several events which have been supported by the Council, namely: National Congress on Medicinal Plants, Green Gold Conference, Green Week Exhibition, Festival on Natural-based Cosmetic and Health Products, Exhibition of Developed and Innovative Technology of Rab Rashidi Tabrizi, Exhibition of Herbal Medicine and Alternative Medicine and Festival on Technology and Innovation in Medicinal Plants Value Chain.”
Assareh went on to point out the need to pave the way to emphasize the medicinal plants’ role in promotional programs of the national media, “in trying to promote medicinal plants and traditional medicine, over 100 programmes on television and other media have been produced and made; programs of talks and panel discussions as well as those exclusive of medicinal plants and traditional medicine.”
Great Steps Towards Industry and Agricultural Products
The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, mentioned the support to establish medicinal plants production centers including the production of seeds and saplings, “among the activities to support this sector in order to be independent of imported seeds, the followings have been implemented: the support of 23 private investment companies for the production projects of over 50 seed levels and medicinal and industrial plants’ proliferation organs, also producing strong and standard seeds using innovative technology namely, cell and tissue culture.”
Of the Council’s other support, Assareh noted that Iran has formed a data bank of medicinal plants and herbal products, “in respect to the aforementioned, we can name the plans for compiling a pharmacopoeia of medicine, Iranian traditional products, Iranian native medicinal plants as well as establishing medicinal plants’ data bank in the form of a website called Persian Herbs, which has a monograph for every native medicinal plant.”
Supporting Traditional Medicine
Assareh went on to say that the Council has supported the formation of traditional medicine health care centers with physicians of traditional medicine attending. This has been done to promote and develop medicinal plants capacity and at the moment, 58 private and public traditional medicine health care centers are active throughout the country.
Activity of Innovative Centers and Start-up Accelerators
The secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Development of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine, Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, stated that 110 science and technology parks in the field of medicinal plants are active, and the Council has endeavored to pave the way for commercializing the technology in this field by planning to develop start-up accelerators.
He also added, “the plan to establish innovative start-up accelerators in the field of Iranian medicine as well as traditional drugs, has been with the cooperation of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Currently, with the support of private sectors and investment of 500 billion rials, preparations have been made to identify and recruit technology innovators that will soon start work.”
“At the moment, start-up accelerators of knowledge-based companies such as PersisGen, Zardband and Dany Tech are active in Fars and Tehran Provinces, to design, produce and commercialize science and technology as well as to present products of the knowledge-based companies in the field of Iranian and Traditional medicine. Also, there is a support for the establishment of several start-up accelerators, in other provinces, active in medicinal plants’ industry and traditional medicine.”

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