Journal article

The pharmaceutical industry and natural products: historical status and new trends

Bruno David, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Daniel A Dias

Phytochemistry Reviews | SPRINGER | Published : 2015

Abstract

Owing to the high diversity of terrestrial and marine organisms, natural products (secondary metabolites) are some of the most successful source of drug leads for the treatment of many diseases and illnesses. In the 1990s, advancements in automation [high-throughput screening (HTS)] and isolation technologies resulted in the surge in research towards natural products both in the fields of human health and agriculture. These strategies and techniques generated a substantial shift towards this ‘green Eldorado’, a real ‘Green Rush’ between 1990 and 2000. However, in the early 2000s most of the big Pharmas terminated their HTS and bioprospecting endeavours but to date, the low productivity of co..

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