Drug industry gets a shot in the arm

THE BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE at The UWI, Mona has modified starches from three Jamaican yam varieties, including the famous Round Leaf Yellow Yam, to apply as tablet binders for use in the pharmaceutical industry. Cornstarch, the most traditionally applied starch excipient worldwide, is heavily utilised in Jamaica, accounting for the highest importation cost of all imported starches (US$862,206 in 2010). This drew the attention of The UWI Yam Research Group which investigated yam starches as a     . . . Read more

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