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Jyothy Lab Inks JV with DRDO for Repellent
The Financial Express, 14 February, 2011

Jyothy Lab Inks JV with DRDO for Repellent
The Financial Express, February 14, 2011

Jyothy Laboratories today said it has tied up with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop and market an insect (mosquito) repellent.

The company said DRDO has recently developed a new molecule -- Diethyl Phenyl Acetamide (DEPA), which will be used for fighting mosquitoes, which transmit diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunia.

"DRDO has identified Jyothy Laboratories to use DEPA technical to bring out multi-insect repellent in its various formats to the masses for their protection from painful insect bites and vector borne diseases," Jyothy Laboratories said in a statement.

The company will market the product at affordable prices to the masses, it added.

"We are honoured with the opportunity provided to us by DRDO to help make these products available at affordable prices to the common man across the country," Jyothy Laboratories Chairman and Managing M P Ramachandran said.

The company said extensive studies have been conducted over the last two decades ontoxicology, safety and bio-efficacy of DEPA.

"Initiatives were taken under the aegis of DRDO-FICCI-ATAC programme to make available the benefits of DEPA to the common man in India as well as in other countries," it added.

Jyothy Laboratories already sells household insecticides under the brand "Maxo"....

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