10:57 | 04/07/2016 Science - Technology
The Vietlife biological nano-plant was officially put into operation on June 20 at the North Thang Long Industrial Park in Hanoi.
Delegates cut the ribbon to open the first biological nano-product manufacturing line in Vietnam
It is the first plant producing biological nano-products developed entirely by Vietnamese scientists with a successful combination of traditional medicine, nanotechnology and modern drugs.
At the inauguration, Professor, Academician Nguyen Van Hieu, former president of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, who is the first to bring nanotechnology to Vietnam, reviewed the milestones of nanotechnology around the world and in the country.
In 2000, former US President Bill Clinton proposed American scientists research and develop nanotechnology for the first time.
Japan and the Republic of Korea then began developing the new technology.
Just two years later, in 2002, Vietnamese scientists also recommended research on nanotechnology and got the approval from the Party and State.
Academician Hieu said that Vietnam does not currently use nanotechnology to manufacture flat-screen TVs or smartphones. However, in Southeast Asia Vietnam has pioneered the research and successful applications of nanotechnology in production of probiotics combined with traditional medicine in health care, opening up a new potential science research in Vietnam.
He affirmed that the Vietlife nano-factory could be considered a milestone of Vietnam’s nanotechnology.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Nghia, former deputy director of the Chemistry Institute under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology said that producing biologicals, drugs and other forms of food aimed at health protection, and chronic disease and cancer prevention and treatment through traditional pharmaceutical combined with nanotechnology and modern medicine, is the new direction of many scientific establishments around the world.
Cam Ha JSC and scientists at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology have co-operated with a number of laboratories in the US, Australia and Japan to study and successfully develop a bio-nano production line in sync with perse technologies.
Vietlife is the first plant to combine traditional medicine with nanotechnology and modern medicine. It consists of three technological lines: NANO MICELLE No. 1, 2 and 3; a NANO SOL-GEL chain; a packaging line, and a bio-nano research centre.
Nghia said the factory has successfully produced some typical bio products, including Nanocurcumin NDN22+ from Vietnamese turmeric by nano micelle and Nano Sol-Gel methods. Preclinical experiment results indicate that at a concentration of about 40ppm, NDN22+ solution can kill 100% of rectum cancer tumors and prostate tumor cells within 72 hours.
In addition, it also manufactures other bio-nano products like Nanorutin from luscious trees and Nanolycopen from gac (Momordica cochinchinensis) oil./.