Nigeria’s Raw Materials Research and Development Council has stated that it has developed a cardiovascular drug from oyster mushrooms. According to Engr. Florence Madueguna, the Project officer at the Professor Hussaini Ibrahim Technology and Innovation Center, the drug known is known as Lovastatin and it is used for the reduction of cholesterol in the body.
Miss Madueguna: “This innovation was key to the agency’s first-place win at the 7th Science, Technology and Innovation Expo which also came with a substantial price win. The Lovastatin drug can be produced from oyster mushrooms and red-yield rice. The patent was created by our scientists, developed in this lab and we are partnering with the private sector for mass production.”