Aberdeen University to host natural products drug discovery
13 March 2012
Groundbreaking research into the development of new medicines
from the earth’s natural resources will be the focus of a symposium on
21 March 2012.
The symposium, titled "The role of natural products and synthetic
biology in drug discovery" will bring together academics and
industry representatives from across the UK, working in biomedicine
The symposium aims to highlight the ways in which industry and
scientists can work together to fully harness the potential of
nature’s tools to treat diseases including cancer, bacterial
infections and parasitic and inflammatory diseases.
Guy Carter, Consultant with Carter-Bernan Consulting and former
Assistant Vice President with responsibility for the Natural Product
Division at Wyeth/Pfizer will speak at the symposium, providing an
insight into the relationship between industry and scientists
working at the cutting edge of natural products-based drug discovery
Whilst Dr Bradley Moore from the UC San Diego Skaggs School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will discuss the re-engineering
of Nature’s toolkit for making new chemical structures which can be
used as novel pharmaceuticals.
University of Aberdeen Marine Biodiscovery Centre launched in
2010, focusing on research into the development of new medicines
from unique marine organisms.
It is one of only three in Europe dedicated to the exploration of
the natural resources from our seas, and one of very few in the
world to bring together chemists and biologists to work together on
the development of new pharmaceuticals.
Professor Marcel Jaspars, Director of the Marine Biodiscovery
Centre said: “We are delighted to host this symposium which provides
a unique opportunity for those working in the field of biomedicine
and biotechnology to discuss latest developments in this
cutting-edge field of science.
“The event will highlight how important it is for industry and
academia to work together, so that we can fully harness the
potential of using nature’s tools to development potentially
groundbreaking new medicines.
“We hope the symposium will provide a key opportunity to network
and forge future collaborations.”
For more information
The symposium website:
The University of Aberdeen Marine Biodiscovery Centre: