160418 BioactiveNaturalProductsSymposium2016Bioactive Natural Products Symposium: Translating Promise into Practice

The conference will focus on contemporary scientific research which will facilitate the therapeutic use of small molecules derived from natural sources. Modern research methods have brought back into the spotlight the concept of developing novel biomedical and agrochemical products from so-called natural products.


  • How natural products can inspire drug discovery
  • Prof Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • New catalytic strategies for natural product synthesis
  • Prof Matthew Gaunt, University of Cambridge, UK
  • The bio-origin of bioactive bacterial pyrrolizidine alkaloids
  • Dr Hai Deng, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Mining the genomes of Burkholderia bacteria for novel antibiotics
  • Dr Cerith Jones, University of Cardiff, UK
  • Harnessing natural product biosynthesis
  • Prof Sarah O’Connor, John Innes Institute, UK
  • Using nature’s chemical diversity as a stepping stone for drug discovery
  • Dr Phillipp Krastel, Novartis, Switzerland
  • From artemisinin to a tetraoxane-based antimalarial drug candidate that circumvents K13-dependent clinical artemisinin resistance
  • Prof Paul O’Neill, University of Liverpool, UK
  • New paradigms and challenges of natural products drug discovery programs
  • Prof Bruno David, Pierre Fabre Research Institute, France
  • Marine natural product drug discovery: leads for treatment of inflammation, cancer, infections, and neurological disorders
  • Dr Lena Gerwick, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, USA
  • Using natural products to invent new chemicals for crop protection
  • Dr John Clough, Syngenta, UK
  • Diversity and diversification: microbial chemistry for discovery and development
  • Dr Stephen Wrigley, Hypha Discovery, UK
  • The challenge of exploiting microbial sources to deliver novel bioactive natural products
  • Prof Olga Genilloud, Fundación Medina, Spain
  • Efficient ways to investigate plant and micro-organism metabolomes for the search of new lead compounds of natural origin
  • Prof Jean-Luc Wolfender, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lichen symbioses as a bioresource for natural products
  • Dr Martin Grube, University of Graz, Austria
  • Exploiting new biotechnologies for discovery and development of bioactive natural products
  • Prof Gregory Challis, University of Warwick, UK

The event will highlight the current trends, challenges and successes in the industrial exploitation of natural products from a global perspective. it will bring together academic and industry interdisciplinary scientists, to disclose recent progress in this field, identify new perspectives and promote networking to facilitate the use of bioactive natural products in medical, agrochemical and related areas of societal need.