"Iran stands 16th in the world ranking of pharmacology," Vahid Dastjerdi said in Tehran today, and added that "the country has also been ranked 20th in area of medical sciences in the world".
In relevant remarks in August, Iranian Culture Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini also praised the country's astonishing achievements in recent years, and said Iran ranks first in scientific progress in the region.
"The Islamic Iran ranks first in science in the region," Hosseini said at the time.
Meanwhile, Vahid Dastjerdi referred to Iran's progress in producing different types of medicines, and said the country is scheduled to unveil 10 new biotechnological drugs by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013).
She said that Iran is now producing 31 types of biotechnological drugs, and added, "In area of biotechnological drugs production, Iran stands 1st in region, 4th in Asia and 11th in the world."
Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.
In January, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony in Tehran unveiled 6 new types of home-made medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.
The Iranian president unveiled 2 new types of drugs and 4 types of raw materials for treating osteoporosis, hemophilia and neurological, skin and muscle diseases and breast cancer.
Iranian scientists had also in 2011 managed to produce a new type of anti-cancer drug using the venoms of reptiles like snakes and scorpions.
"After several years of research and studies on a combination of snake and scorpion venoms, the anti-cancer drug was produced in Iran," Abbas Zare', the Director of the Venomous Animals Department of Iran's Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, told reporters in October 2011.
"This anti-cancer drug has been produced from snake and scorpion venoms after 10 years of research work and has been extracted from the fat (peptide) of such animals," he added.