TSMU Vl. Bakhutashvili Medical Biotechnology Institute was founded in 1991 by Academician Vladimir Bakhutashvili. The mission of the Institute of Biotechnology is to increase life expectancy and achieve the best quality of life through research in medicine and biotechnology.
In the past years, the Institute has conducted a number of highly important scientific researches in the field of modern medicine science, such as biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biological and clinical immunology and allergology, viruses.
The most important scientific achievement of the institute is the drug Plaferon LB developed by Academician Vladimir Bakhutashvili. Plaferon LB is a placenta-derived, biologically active substances known to have hypoglycemic, antioxidant, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic effects. Plaferon LB has been successfully adopted in clinical practice. In addition, it is designed and produced by various medicinal forms of ploperin LB: injection, linguistic, adhesive plates, toothpaste, candles and pills. Based on experiments and preclinical studies, Plaferon LB has immune modulator, antioxidant, antiinfection and many other features that provide a wide range of use of this drug for the treatment of different pathologies in the clinic. It is noteworthy that in these studies the relevant field specialists are from the US, Europe and Israel.
Furthermore in the institute was created rotaunololactone diagnostic test, which give possibility early diagnosis of these diseases in veterinary practice. Several biologically active substances were obtained from plants. Based on the new technology antioxidant preparation phenovin was developed.
The Institute is actively studying complex diseases that include chronic diseases (tumors, cardiovascular disorders, viral infections), age-related, reproductive, genetic problems. Studies are integrated and modern immunological, biochemical, biophysical and genetic techniques are widely used to study the problem at the cellular and molecular levels.
About 35 grants (UNESCO / Israel, NATO / Royal Society, INTAS, ISTC, CRDF, Swiss National Foundation) were acquired by the Institute's staff of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The scholarships and individual travel and research financing were also awarded by scholars: Scholarships for the President, Italian, Swiss and German scholarships to increase their qualifications, individual international grants (UNESCO / Israel, NATO / Royal Society, INTAS, ISTC, CRDF). Including a large biotechnological grant (approximately 200 000 US dollars), based on which studies were conducted in different countries of the world (USA, Italy, Israel, Belgium, Georgia).
The employees of the Institute have received awards - Order of Honor (V. Bakhutashvili - 1997, K. Paghava - 1998); I. Chavchavadze Medal of the Society "Knowledge" (Q. Pagava - 2003).
In 2009-2010 the Academy of Sciences of Georgia was awarded as the best scientific research institute in the Department of Medicine of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
In 2017, Director of the Institute I.Pantsulaia and the Head of Biomedicine Laboratory N. Kikodze were awarded with certificates as a member of the best scientific group member.