Drug discovery and development with plant-derived compounds

  • Olivier Potterat
  • Matthias Hamburger
Part of the Progress in Drug Research book series (PDR, volume 65)


An overview is given on current efforts in drug development based on plant-derived natural products. Emphasis is on projects which have advanced to clinical development. Therapeutic areas covered include cancer, viral infections including HIV, malaria, inflammatory diseases, nociception and vaccine adjuvants, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. Aspects which are specific to plant-based drug discovery and development are also addressed, such as supply issues in the commercial development, and the Convention on Biological Diversity.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Drug Discovery Plant Sterol Betulinic Acid Vanilloid Receptor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Potterat
    • 1
  • Matthias Hamburger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmaceutical BiologyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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