VAV Life Sciences

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Type Private company
Industry Chemicals
Founded 2003 (2003)
Founders Arun Kedia
Headquarters Mumbai, Vasai(Thane), India
Key people Arun Kedia, Chairman & MD

VAV Life Sciences Private Limited is an Indian company producing healthcare ingredients including lecithin and phospholipids, with products serving the food, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and drug delivery markets. In recognition of EYOVA hair Nutrient, it was awarded the Best SME Innovation Award 2013 by Yes Bank & Business Today (business magazine).[1]

As a matter of company policy, VAV only offers lecithins from non-genetically modified (non-GMO) sources. Within pharmaceuticals, the company also manufactures generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with a particular focus on cytotoxic drugs such as permethrin.

Refined phospholipids derived from soyabean, milk and egg are used for liposomal drug delivery of topical,[2] oral, transdermal and parenteral medicines. They find increasing usage in nanomedicine like oncology and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) due to their ability to target specific cells.[3]

Located with research and manufacturing facilities in Vasai (Thane district) near Mumbai, VAV Life Sciences along with its subsidiary VAV Lipids Private Limited, serves the global market with 90% of its sales outside India. In the pharmaceutical segment, VAV Life Sciences’ presence straddles four main therapeutic areas—hepatology, neurology, cardiovascular and oncology.

VAV Life Sciences' brands[4] include LIPOVA for egg lecithins, LECIVA[5][6] for Soya Lecithins, OLEOVA[7] for egg oil[8] and EYOVA[9] for a consumer hair nutrient.

VAV Life Sciences' was rated C2 in 2010 by SMERA,[10] India's first rating agency for SME segment and is a member of International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society,[11] CHEMEXCIL,[12] Federation of Indian Export Organisations,[13] Phospholipid Research Centre[14] and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.[15]

VAV Life Sciences' employs biotechnologists, chemists, microbiologists, engineers, finance/legal/marketing analysts and general administrators. Around 6% of its employees have PhD degrees, 32% have a master’s degree, and 41% are graduates.


VAV Life Sciences' production and research facility in Vasai (Thane district) near Mumbai focuses on nanotechnology based lipidic drug delivery. It actively collaborates with and supports universities to make courses more industry oriented and in their research projects related to targeted drug delivery,[16] liposomes[17] and nanoparticles for crossing the blood–brain barrier. VAV Life Sciences' contributes materials for research projects[18][19][20] and patents,[21][22] globally.

Phospholipid products[edit]

Purified egg oil

VAV produces phospholipids from soyabean and egg which are primarily used in lipidic nanotechnology based drug delivery systems.[23]

Egg Derived[edit]

LIPOVA-E120: Purified egg lecithin conforming to United States pharmacopoeia for injectable drug delivery, mainly in parenteral emulsions or liposomes.

LIPOVA-E100: Combination of egg lecithin with egg proteins, devoid of cholesterol or triglycerides. Nutritional supplement in either capsule, tablet or beverage formulations. May also be used to make infant formulas in combination with omega-3 fatty acids.[24]

LIPOVA-E110: Combination of egg lecithin, triglycerides and cholesterol, devoid of proteins. Contains the essential omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid. Ingredient for infant formulas.[25]

LIPOVA-E200: Egg protein concentrate (67% protein content) devoid of fat or cholesterol. Suitable for nutritional supplements intended to build muscle mass such as sports nutrition, weight gain formulas etc.

Soya Derived[edit]

LECIVA-S35: Soya lecithin of non-genetic modification origin, with triglycerides for nutritional supplementation, also known conventionally as "triple strength lecithin". Suitable for soft gelatine encapsulation or liquid filled hard-shell capsules.

LECIVA-S70: Pure phospholipid fraction of soya lecithin for oral as well as topical liposomal formulations like ketoconazole[26] and flucanazole.[27] Also used for nutritional supplementation.

LECIVA-S90: Highly purified, phosphatidylcholine enriched fraction of soya lecithin for liposomal formulations and targeted drug delivery (nanotechnology).

Neutral lipid products[edit]

VAV produces neutral lipids from egg which are primarily used in topical medicine and cosmetics.

OLEOVA: Pure Egg oil used for cosmetic (hair care, skin care[28]) and pharmaceutical[29] (burns, wounds, anti-acne) formulations.

EYOVA: Hair nutrient formulated with Egg oil retarding hair fall and graying.


  1. ^ Innovation Evangelist
  2. ^ Ketoconazole Encapsulated Liposome and Ethosome: GUNJAN TIWARI
  3. ^ Liposomes in Drug Delivery
  4. ^ Makeup News Russia
  5. ^ Ancient wisdom modern methods
  6. ^ Phospholipids for a healthy life
  7. ^ Egg Oil to Stay young forever
  8. ^ Design, Development & Evaluation of Lipid Based Topical Formulations of Silver sulfadiazine for treatment of Burns & Wounds
  9. ^ Positive Health, UK
  10. ^ SMERA
  11. ^ International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society
  13. ^ Federation of Indian Export Organisations
  14. ^ Phospholipid Research Centre, Heidelberg
  15. ^ Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
  16. ^ Development and evaluation of orally disintegrating film of Tramadol Hydrochloride
  17. ^ Formulation & Evaluation of Itopride Sustained Release Pellets
  18. ^ Nanoparticles of Polyethylene Sebacate:Swati Guhagarkar,
  19. ^ Environmental Monitoring and Assessment [2009, 151(1-4):397-400]
  20. ^ Doing Business 2009 - World Bank
  21. ^ US Patent No.2012/0189677 - Stephen Tonge
  22. ^ Satapathy, D., Biswas, D., Behera, B., Sagiri, S. S., Pal, K. and Pramanik, K. (2012), Sunflower-oil-based lecithin organogels as matrices for controlled drug delivery. J. Appl. Polym. Sci.. doi: 10.1002/app.38498
  23. ^ Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery - Melgardt M. de Villiers,
  24. ^ United States Patent US4670285
  25. ^ American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  26. ^ Ketoconazole Encapsulated Liposome and Ethosome: GUNJAN TIWARI
  27. ^ Development & Characterisation Of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles For Topical Delivery - Poonam Yadav
  28. ^ Egg-oil-sunscreen-It-s-no-yolk - Cosmetics Design, USA
  29. ^ Therapeutic Properties of Oleova (Egg Yolk Oil) - Positive Health Online, USA

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