MOU between National Chemical Laboratory and Sinhgad Dental College


National Chemical Laboratory ( CSIR-NCL) Pune a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) well known for excellence in scientific research having an outstanding track record of industrial research involving partnerships with industry from concept to commercialization signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital (SDCH) Vadgaon Pune on Monday the 27th of August 2018.

The MOU was jointly signed by Dr Sameer Patil, Principal SDCH and Dr Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Director, CSIR-NCL.

The Memorandum of Understanding is for a project jointly undertaken by Dr Syed G Dastager, Professor, National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms, NCL and Dr Dipali Y Shah, Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sinhgad Dental College an

d Hospital ( SDCH). The project is related to research, applications and marketability of dental products using a natural, biodegradable material. CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune on August 27, 2018 at CSIR-NCL to develop the dental applications of cellulose obtained from indigenous bacteria.

Cellulose is the most abundant and sustainable biopolymer available on the Earth. Nano-cellulose, with special morphology, a high surface area and unique mechanical properties like crystallinity, has attracted more attention for various biotechnological and biomedical applications. Bacterial cellulose (BC), the nano-fibrillar form of cellulose, has been exploited as a material for diverse applications due to its unique characteristics. Although BC is structurally similar to plant cellulose, its unique physicochemical characteristics, such as high tensile strength, a pure form (without having hemi-cellulose and lignin components), greater crystallinity and moldability make it superior to plant.

In conventional dental root canal treatment cotton pellets and a paper point (plant cellulose) have commonly been used substances. Besides that, Cellulose is the main constituent of several dental materials and finds application in dentistry for isolation in the form of cellulose wafers for isolation, paper points in endodontics, medicated paper points. These products have high consumption value in dentistry.

Bacterial cellulose has diversified application as it is biodegradable and can hold medicaments for varied niches and wounds in the oral cavity. Dr. Syed G Dastager and his team from NCIM Resource Center, CSIR-NCL has developed cellulose from indigenously isolated bacterial source with high yield. This has several advantages over plant cellulose and can be easily used in dentistry. This collaborative MOU between CSIR-NCL and the Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital is to use this unique cellulose in various endodontic, restorative, regenerative, periodontal and surgical applications in dentistry and compare them with the plant based cellulose products available in the market and develop a new product in the field of endodontics, restorative, regenerative, periodontal and surgical applications in dentistry.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sameer Patil, Principal of Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital says, “Applications of natural, biodegradable material and such ‘smart material’ in many areas of dentistry is expected to yield maximum advantage and holds great promise for the future. In fact use of such materials is the ‘future’ in dentistry.”

Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital ( SDCH), Pune is amongst the most reputed Dental Colleges in Maharashtra popularly known as SDCH, affiliated with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) Nashik, approved by Dental Council of India, Government of India and having the prestigious NAAC ‘A’ Grade accreditation. Students from across the country pursue Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Master of Dental Surgery ( MDS) with SDCH Pune. This MOU with NCL underlines the significance that Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital attaches to research and academic excellence. SDCH has over 27 MOUs for research purposes, more than 826 Research Publications, over 238 research proposals, with 5 patents registered and 11 Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Projects completed. Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital is indeed a premier centre for excellence in research and one of the finest Dental Colleges in the country.