Our Research Focus
Pharmaceutical and Functional Food Formulations through Sustainable Procedures
Our researchers in are involved in pharmaceutical projects involving tableting granulation, extrusion and spheronisation, spray drying, tablet afilm coating and characterisation of microemulsions, these are carried out at our joint RP-BASF lab, which houses a wide range of specialised equipment including a 16-station tablet press, zetasizer Nano, fluid bed dryer and microfluidics.
At the food lab we are involved in formulating healthier recipes by incorporating a novel mix of functional ingredients, scoring high on the health-taste index. The prototypes developed are subjected to analysis for texture, nutritional content, shelf-life and preliminary sensory evaluation for product development. A full-fledged chocolate making facility housed in the RP-Wilmar Innovation Centre allows development of novel formulations with chocolates. Facilities like, blast freezer, stability analyser, industry grade ovens, food extruder and a UHT line with clean fill have allowed a range of products to be developed in collaboration with our industry partners.
Utilization of plant proteins for feed development
Our focus is on maximizing the potential of raw materials to develop nutritious and economical feed. ‘Aquaria’ our aquaculture research lab, enables feed developed in the formulation lab to be subjected to small scale feeding trials to assess palatability of feed.
The development of more home and self-care devices can assist in early intervention and monitor treatment or recovery status. As the healthcare industry moves towards point of care services, we are looking into viable solutions to enhance health care, but at a lower cost. One area of interest is the detection of renal diseases using uroflow.
We aim to work closely with food manufactures, restaurants and hospitals to develop food products that can help keep the sugar levels in check. We are currently working on project for developing recipes for low GI food, making effective use of low calorie sweeteners and coming up with functional food to prevent metabolic syndrome.
An effective use of compounds that can improve insulin sensitivity is helpful in combating diabetes. Currently our research team is working on in vitro screening method for compounds with positive insulin-response. These can be a part of the diet or form API for new drug development.
The technology centre has completed several innovative projects involving novelty ideas in formulations, processes and overall product development. These have translated into innovative products and solutions, examples of such products include:
Herbal Tea in Powdered Form
Healthy eating is becoming a part of life for many and there is a trend for a demand for products with natural ingredients and traditional flavours. Treasuring the traditional benefits of herbal teas in a contemporary instant powdered mix is the idea behind the development of the formulation of this premium herb drink.
Six formulations developed by RP are currently being developed by our industry partner, Polimedical Pte Ltd into powder to enhance their shelf life, making an instant drink packed with the goodness of natural herbs.
Bento Meal Sets for Vending Machines
This project, done in collaboration with QQ rice, aimed to optimise the process that will allow the meal sets to be placed in a vending machine, ready to eat on dispensing, yet another technology-driven project that allows manufacturers to expand business. We are interested in such projects as through such collaborations we ensure healthier meals are within reach for all.