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Practice of Pharmacognosy Leads to Three New Nobel Prize Winners

October 9th, 2015

ASP Press release – 9 October 2015,

Vaccine for poison ivy

August 24th, 2015

Development of vaccines for urushiol, the active compouond of poison ivy, was the focus of an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 ( Included was a focus on the work in this area by Mahmoud Elsohly, University of Mississippi. Elsohly’s group is close to launch of a clinical trial.

Biliary atresia compound highlighted

August 24th, 2015

The work of John R. Porter and Kyung A Koo (University of the Sciences) and Rebecca G. Wells and Michael Pack (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania) on a plant compound that is the basis for biliary atresia in Australian lambs was highlighted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 ( [...]

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 (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 [...]

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 (, 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.