VAV Life Sciences

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VAV Life Sciences Private Limited
FounderArun Kedia
Mumbai, India

VAV Life Sciences Private Limited is an Indian company producing healthcare ingredients including lecithin and phospholipids, with products having application in the nutrition, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and drug delivery markets.


Within pharmaceuticals, the company also offers active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with a particular focus on cytotoxic drugs for oncology and permethrin for topical medicine.[1] VAV Life Sciences' brands include Lipova for egg lecithins, Leciva[2][3] for plant lecithins, Oleova[4] and Eyova for a consumer hair product.[5]


Located with research and manufacturing facilities in Mirjole, (Ratnagiri district) in Maharashtra,[6] 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.[7] The c-GMP compliant Ratnagiri plant, is equipped to produce lecithin and phospholipids for functional foods, nutritional supplements, novel pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.[8][9]

VAV Life Sciences wins the Business Today SME award 2013 under the Innovation category.

VAV Life Sciences' was rated C2 (2010) & MSME2 (2014) by SMERA, India's first rating agency for SME segment and is a member of International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society, CHEMEXCIL, Federation of Indian Export Organisations, Phospholipid Research Centre and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.[10] VAV Life Sciences' employs biotechnologists, chemists, microbiologists, engineers, finance/legal/marketing analysts and general administrators. Around 6% of its employees have PhD degrees and 32% have a master's degree.[8][11]


VAV Life Sciences focuses on research in the field of nanotechnology based lipidic drug delivery.[12] The company claims to be active in collaborating with and supports universities to make courses more industry oriented and in their research projects related to targeted drug delivery,[13] liposomes[citation needed] and nanoparticles for crossing the blood–brain barrier. VAV Life Sciences' contributes materials for research projects[14][15][16] and patents,[17] globally.[18]


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  2. ^ "Ancient wisdom modern methods". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Phospholipids for a healthy life". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Egg oil to stay young forever". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Therapeutic Properties of Oleova (Egg Yolk Oil)". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Business Today-YES Bank Awards: 13 SMEs lead India's charge to economic growth". Business Standard. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Liposomes in Drug Delivery" (PDF). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "VAV Life Sciences launches phospholipid mfg plant in Maha". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Indian firm eyes global egg yolk powder sales after moving to new GMP-compliant site". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ "VAV Life Sciences Certification". Official website. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  11. ^ "About VAV Life Sciences". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  12. ^ "VAV Life Sciences stands for cutting edge R&D". Business Today (India). Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Development and evaluation of orally disintegrating film of Tramadol Hydrochloride". Asian Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  14. ^ Guhagarkar, S. A.; Malshe, V. C.; Devarajan, P. V. (2009). "Nanoparticles of Polyethylene Sebacate:Swati Guhagarkar,". AAPS PharmSciTech. 10 (3): 935–42. doi:10.1208/s12249-009-9284-4. PMC 2802147. PMID 19629708.
  15. ^ Iqbal, Mohammad S; Akmal, Muhammad A (2009). "A simple method for simultaneous determination of some organic liquids in in-process materials and effluents produced in the manufacture of amoxicillin and ampicillin". Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 151 (1–4): 397–400. doi:10.1007/s10661-008-0281-y. PMID 18386144.
  16. ^ Bank, World (2008). Doing Business 2009. World Bank Publications. ISBN 9780821376102. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  17. ^ US Patent No.2012/0189677 - Stephen Tonge. 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  18. ^ Satapathy, D.; Biswas, D.; Behera, B.; Sagiri, S. S.; Pal, K.; Pramanik, K. (15 July 2013). "Sunflower‐oil‐based lecithin organogels as matrices for controlled drug delivery". Journal of Applied Polymer Science. doi:10.1002/app.38498.