Archive for the ‘Natural Products News’ Category

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.

Withaferin A derivative test for ALS treatment

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

IMS-088 derivative of withaferin A, from Withania somnifera, active in TANA pathway important for the disease.

Center for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (U41) grant opportunity

Friday, January 24th, 2014

NCCAM will hold a pre-application teleconference on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) to discuss a exciting new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled “Center for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology” (U41).  For additional information about this FOA, please click on the following link: RFA-AT-14-006 (  Interested participants should contact Anita McRae-Williams at to RSVP by or before 12:00 noon on 1/27/14, and they will be provided the telephone number and access code for this event.

Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC) (P50) – NCCAM

Friday, January 24th, 2014

NCCAM Program Director Craig Hopp reminds the natural products research community of the Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers grant opportunities.  More information may be obtained at

ASP member Marilyn Speedie awarded Remington Medal

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

“Marilyn K. Speedie, Ph.D., dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2014 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)” (  Dr. Speedie is a long-time member of the society and former member of the ASP Executive Committee.