Natural Products News

New book focuses on ASP member Bob Pettit

June 1st, 2015

A new book focusing on the research of Bob Pettit will appear soon. Waging War on Cancer. Dr. Pettit’s Lifelong Quest to Find Cures by Robert S. Byars. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-4602-5976-4 (Hardcover; 978-1-4602-5977-1, Paperback; 978-1-4602-5978-8, eBook).

Ernest Wenkert, 16 October 1925-20 June 2014

May 21st, 2015

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

Les Mitscher, 1931-2015

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), [...]

Andrew Bension, noted plant biochemist, dies at age 97

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

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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-001.html (Phased Innovation Award in Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics R21/R33), http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-002.html (Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of [...]

ASP Officers and Executive Committee respond to USPTO guidance directives

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 (http://www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/myriad-mayo.jsp), 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 [...]

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 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-14-006.html).  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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-001.html

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)” (http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/news/remington/).  Dr. Speedie is a long-time member of the society and former member of the ASP Executive Committee.