Nutritional Security for Country: Nutraceutical Chewing gum


Target: ₹ 40,00,000 ($ 50000)

Raised: ₹ 0 ($ 0)

No. of Donors : 0

Completion Date: 31st December 2026


Dr. Mudrika Khandelwal, from IIT Hyderabad's MSME department, leads a project addressing nutritional security in India through the development of Nutraceutical Chewing Gum. Utilizing bacterial cellulose (BC), this innovative drug delivery system enhances bioavailability, offering a promising solution to malnutrition and promoting overall well-being.


The project aims to develop a cellulose-based chewing gum with improved absorption of vitamins during mastication. Leveraging the tunable properties of bacterial cellulose, the team will conduct post-production modifications to impart chewing gum characteristics. Rheological studies will explore viscoelastic behavior, and the addition of vitamins/minerals will maximize loading. Release optimization in simulated saliva using a trans-mucosal apparatus will ensure enhanced efficacy. With a current TRL of 4, the proposed work aims to reach TRL 6 in the second year, showcasing a significant advancement in the development of this innovative nutraceutical delivery system.

Timeline & Budget:

Year 1: Budget - INR 20 Lakhs, TRL 4.

Year 2: Budget - INR 20 Lakhs, TRL 6.

Proposer Details:

Dr. Mudrika Khandelwal, Assistant Professor in the MSME department at IIT Hyderabad.