Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute
|Founder||Mustafa Qoli Bayat|
|Human and Animal Medicines|
Number of employees
The Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute is an Iranian pharmaceutical company. It is located in the Hessarak district in Karaj, Iran. The Institute was built as a national center with the purpose of countering epidemics in domestic animals during Reza Shah era. Further departments were installed, including those dedicated to human medicines. In modern years, the Institute has focused primarily on nanomedicine and biotechnology.
The Institute has established regional branches in:
- 1924: Institution of the institute.
- 1932: Louis Delpy, a French veterinarian, drove the institute to overcome an epidemic of cattle plague in the region.
- 1933: Anthrax
- 1935: Sheep Pox
- 1936: Livestock Gangrene
- 1937: Cattle Pasteurellosis
- 1941: Serums and vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus
- 1970: Polio
- 1987: Rubella and Measles
- 1998: Aleppo Boil
- 1992: Foundation of the biotechnology department.
- 1997: Enhancement of the biotechnology department.
- 2010: The institute produced 1.7 billion doses of 57 types of vaccines, serums, and antigens per year.
- 2012: Production of transgenic animals, creating recombinant vaccines through genetic engineering, developing antigens and diagnostic kits for medical and veterinary labs.
Current research projects
- Creation of stem cell lines from mice fetuses through cloning
- Design and production of engineered skin tissue
- Molecular analysis of the CDS gene in cattle to diagnose genetic defects
- Production of hybrid cells
- Production of recombinant vaccines
- Production of a monoclonal antibody for measles
- The facility was used as a Soviet military base during World War II
- NATO forces used some of the Institute's anti-venom products during the Afghanistan war, since Afghan native snakes had not been researched in the USA or Europe.
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