Under the auspices of Prof. Taha Sarg, the Head of the Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Department, a field trip was organized to Mepaco Arab Company for Pharmaceuticals and Medicinal Plant which is located in Inshas Village – Sharqia Governorate. This was held on Thursday, the 17th of October 2019. A large number of the faculty academic staff members and students went in this trip, including Prof. Soad Toaima, the Vice Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Samar Bassam and Dr. Mohamed Mohy El Din who are lecturers at the Pharmacognosy and Natural Products, the demonstrators Aya Saleem and Abeer Alaa El Din as well as a large number of the faculty students from different academic classes. The delegation was received by Dr. Mokhtar Bshr, the Director of Mepaco Factory who accompanied them in a tour around the factory where they visited the factory’s medicinal plants botanical garden. The students were also acquainted during the visit with the factory phases of industrialization which could be listed in the following points:
- The extraction of medicinal plants using solvents and liquid carbon dioxide.
- Concentrating the extracts for chemical examination.
- Storing and drug manufacturing.
The tour also included a visit to the research and sterilization lab where the delegation was apprised of the lab equipment.
At the end of the visit, the factory director distributed samples of the company’s products among the faculty students in addition to the seeds of some plants to be cultivated in the faculty’s garden for further studies.