Source: Fars News Agency, Tehran
Iran unveiled a number of research and scientific achievements at the University of Tehran's bank of biological compounds in a ceremony attended by Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah on Wednesday.
Soltankhah unveiled the achievements after visiting an exhibition of University of Tehran's Scientific and Research Advancements.
The advancements included a new antibiotic named Persimicin, Persiherbin herbicide, double-vial and single-vial storage ampoules and different weeds to maintain microorganism.
According to the latest figures released by various world bodies, Iran stands 16th in the world ranking of pharmacological advancements and achievements and 20th in medical sciences.
"Iran stands 16th in the world ranking of pharmacology," Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi announced on Monday, and added that "the country has also been ranked 20th in area of medical sciences in the world".
Meanwhile, Vahid Dastjerdi referred to Iran's progress in producing different types of medicines, and said the country is scheduled to unveil 10 new biotechnological drugs by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013).
She said that Iran is now producing 31 types of biotechnological drugs, and added, "In area of biotechnological drugs production, Iran stands 1st in region, 4th in Asia and 11th in the world."
Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.
In January, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony in Tehran unveiled 6 new types of home-made medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.
The Iranian president unveiled 2 new types of drugs and 4 types of raw materials for treating osteoporosis, hemophilia and neurological, skin and muscle diseases and breast cancer.
Iranian scientists had also in 2011 managed to produce a new type of anti-cancer drug using the venoms of reptiles like snakes and scorpions.
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