VAV Life Sciences

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Private company
Industry Biopharmaceutical
Founded 2003 (2003)
Founder Arun Kedia
Headquarters Mumbai, Vasai(Thane), India
Key people
Arun Kedia, Chairman & MD
Slogan (The Polar Bond)

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 India's Best SME Innovation Award 2013 by Yes Bank & Business Today (business magazine).[1] The company also features in Dun & Bradstreet's list of leading SMEs of India 2014.[2]

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 for oncology and permethrin for topical medicine.

Refined phospholipids derived from soyabean, milk and egg are used for liposomal drug delivery of topical,[3] 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.[4]

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. The company is also building a new plant for pharmaceutical grade phospholipids at Ratnagiri, a coastal town of western India.[5]

VAV Life Sciences' brands[6] include LIPOVA for egg lecithins, LECIVA[7][8] for Soya Lecithins, OLEOVA[9] for egg oil[10] and EYOVA[11] for a consumer hair nutrient.

VAV Life Sciences' was rated C2 (2010) & MSME2 (2014) by SMERA,[12] India's first rating agency for SME segment and is a member of International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society,[13] CHEMEXCIL,[14] Federation of Indian Export Organisations,[15] Phospholipid Research Centre[16] and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.[17]

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,[18] liposomes[19] and nanoparticles for crossing the blood–brain barrier. VAV Life Sciences' contributes materials for research projects[20][21][22] and patents,[23][24] globally.

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Phospholipid products[edit]

VAV produces phospholipids from soyabean and egg which are primarily used in lipidic nanotechnology based drug delivery systems.[25]

Egg Derived[edit]

LIPOVA-E120: Purified egg lecithin conforming to United States pharmacopoeia for injectable drug delivery, mainly in parenteral emulsions[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

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[29] and flucanazole.[30] Also used for nutritional supplementation and improving bio-availability of natural extracts.[31]

LECIVA-S70H: Fully saturated, pure phospholipid fraction of soya lecithin for topical liposomal formulations in the area of cosmetics & pharmaceuticals. Saturated phospholipids offer better oxidative stability and a higher phase transition temperature.

LECIVA-S90: Highly purified, phosphatidylcholine enriched fraction of soya lecithin for liposomal formulations and targeted drug delivery (nanotechnology). Also used in drug eluting balloon catheters.[32]

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[33]) and pharmaceutical[34] (burns, wounds, anti-acne) formulations.

EYOVA: Hair nutrient[35] formulated with Egg oil retarding hair fall and graying.

Cholesterol: Used to stabilize liposomes and in topical formulations as a penetration enhancer.


  1. ^ Innovation Evangelist
  2. ^ DNB Leading SME's of India 2014
  3. ^ Ketoconazole Encapsulated Liposome and Ethosome: GUNJAN TIWARI
  4. ^ Liposomes in Drug Delivery
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Makeup News Russia
  7. ^ Ancient wisdom modern methods
  8. ^ Phospholipids for a healthy life
  9. ^ Egg Oil to Stay young forever
  10. ^ Design, Development & Evaluation of Lipid Based Topical Formulations of Silver sulfadiazine for treatment of Burns & Wounds
  11. ^ Positive Health, UK
  12. ^ SMERA
  13. ^ International Lecithin & Phospholipid Society
  15. ^ Federation of Indian Export Organisations
  16. ^ Phospholipid Research Centre, Heidelberg
  17. ^ Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
  18. ^ Development and evaluation of orally disintegrating film of Tramadol Hydrochloride
  19. ^ Formulation & Evaluation of Itopride Sustained Release Pellets
  20. ^ Nanoparticles of Polyethylene Sebacate:Swati Guhagarkar,
  21. ^ Environmental Monitoring and Assessment [2009, 151(1-4):397-400]
  22. ^ Doing Business 2009 - World Bank
  23. ^ US Patent No.2012/0189677 - Stephen Tonge
  24. ^ 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
  25. ^ Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery - Melgardt M. de Villiers,
  26. ^ United States Patent US20140296191 Dinesh Shantilal Patel
  27. ^ United States Patent US4670285 Michael Clandinin
  28. ^ American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  29. ^ Ketoconazole Encapsulated Liposome and Ethosome: GUNJAN TIWARI
  30. ^ Development & Characterisation Of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles For Topical Delivery - Poonam Yadav
  31. ^ Herbosomes enhance the in vivo antioxidant activity and bioavailability of punicalagins from standardized pomegranate extract, A.Vora Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 12, January 2015, Pages 540–548
  32. ^ United States Patent US20140276360 Stephen D. Pacetti
  33. ^ Egg-oil-sunscreen-It-s-no-yolk - Cosmetics Design, USA
  34. ^ Therapeutic Properties of Oleova (Egg Yolk Oil) - Positive Health Online, USA
  35. ^ Review: EYOVA Hair nutrient with Egg oil

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