Natural Products News

Withaferin A derivative test for ALS treatment

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

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 [...]

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

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

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.

Mendel and MEDINA collaborate to mine natural product collections for agricultural applications

October 7th, 2013

July 23, 2013 – “Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., and Fundación MEDINA have entered into a license collaboration that will enable Mendel to identify novel biostimulant products….”

Fenical group reports novel anthrax- and MRSA-active marine natural product

July 1st, 2013

Bill Fenical’s group has reported discovery of a novel marine bacterial product, anthracimycin, active against Bacillus anthracis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, doi: 10.1002/anie.201302749, published online 17 June 2013).  This compound, derived from marine bacteria, may represent a new class of antibacterial compounds. (Highlighted: C&ENews, 1 July 2013, p 19; Angew. Chem. [...]

USP Herbal Medicines Compendium

May 21st, 2013

United States Pharmacopeial Convention announced Monday the availability of a new compendium that “offers freely available testing standards to help ensure the quality of herbal ingredients used in traditional medicines”

“Biosortia Pharmaceuticals Creating [Anti-Cancer] Drug Discovery Opportunity with Previously Unstudied Microorganisms”

May 4th, 2013

Douglas Kinghorn (PI, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy) and colleagues will work closely with Guy Carter (Biosortia Chief Scientific Officer) to discover new, active compounds with activity toward human colon and other cancers from pre-fractionated extracts from microorganism corsortia.

SciFinder Science in the News – Natural Products Chemistry

April 1st, 2013

The SciFinder Science in the News series has posted three videos (Feb 22 to Mar 21) on YouTube highlighting “ever-evolving and important world of” natural products chemistry.  Featured in the videos are Doug Kinghorn, Gordon Cragg and Roger Schenck.  Part 1 can be viewed at, Part 2 at, and Part 3 at

Bradley Moore receives ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

March 19th, 2013

Bradley S. Moore (ASP Vice-President) has been named as a 2013 receipient of the American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (C&E News, Mar 4, p 60).  The award is bestowed to recognize outstanding achievement in organic chemistry.  Bradley’s award is in recognition of his efforts to understand the biosynthesis of complex marine nature [...]