Archive for the ‘Natural Products News’ Category

Ernest Wenkert, 16 October 1925-20 June 2014

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The noted alkaloid chemist, emeritus professor at University of California San Diego, dies at age 88.

Les Mitscher, 1931-2015

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Officers and Executive Committee members of the ASP are saddened to report the death of Les Mitscher, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas. Dr. Mitscher has been a long-time member of ASP,  past President of the Society (1992-1993), ASP Fellow (from 2007), recipient of the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award (2007), Fellow of the ACS (from 2011), and long-time and prolific researcher of biologically-active natural products and analytical techniques. His contributions and guidance will be missed. A more detailed review of the career of Dr. Mitscher will appear in an upcoming ASP Newsletter.

Andrew Bension, noted plant biochemist, dies at age 97

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Benson was perhaps most noted for his co-discovery of the Calvin-Benson cycle of photosynthesis

Natural Products Grants from NIH

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

NIH has posted some RFA announcements that are of interest to the natural products community. Specific details on each proposal focus and award mechanism can be found at (Phased Innovation Award in Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics R21/R33), (Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics, R33), (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R43/R44), and (Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry, R41/R42).


ASP Officers and Executive Committee respond to USPTO guidance directives

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The officers and members of the ASP Executive Committee have submitted a letter to provide comment on a new guidance document at USPTO (, Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products (Guidance), which has implications for the patenting of natural products, derivatives and those compounds that are modifications of or inspired by natural products.  Read the letter here.