Hyderabad: Mumbai-based Esperer Nutrition (EON), which has set up India’s first Cancer Nutrition Research Centre at Shamirpet, Hyderabad, is focusing on advanced research to develop nutraceutical products that will help patients in cancer management better. The company is also in advanced stages of talks with major pharmaceutical companies to outlicense research and products in the cancer nutrition space.
Esperer has so far invested Rs 15 crore in the Hyderabad centre and has created a 75-member team, which will be scaled up to 200 employees by next September. The company has partnered with three major cancer research institutes to look at different facets of cancer nutrition.
Raktim Chattopadhyay, founder & CEO, Esperer Nutrition, told Telangana Today, in an exclusive interview, “We have already developed nine products in the area of cancer nutrition. We have 12 non-cancer category products. We have a pipeline of 40 new products in different stages of development. In the Hyderabad centre, we are focusing on nutrition research for cancer and are actively pursuing partnerships with manufacturers and research institutions.”
“At our Hyderabad centre, we are carrying out validation and product development. We are also seeing the possibility of rolling out academic courses/diplomas focusing on cancer nutrition in near future. We chose Hyderabad for the research centre looking at the way the State adopts/embraces new technologies, presence of 16 oncology hospitals, and research institutes that carry out Raktim Chattopadhyay research. Our focus for the next 5-6 years is going to be on how nutritional intervention can solve cancer-related problems,” he added.
Esperer has taken up data management and is observing what happens to cancer patients during the treatment in the context of nutrition. “And after the treatment completes, in the recovery phase of cancer, especially up to nine months when all the cycles of chemotherapy are completed, what are the nutritional values, and how they deplete. Also, the time when the cancer is detected and the treatment is started,” Chattopadhyay noted.
India lists among the top malnutrition countries as well as the nations with higher cancer prevalence. Based on the cancer registry data, it is estimated that India sees an addition of 8,00,000 cancer cases every year. Nutrition may help to tackle this issue to a certain extent.
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