Declining Biodiversity – A Threat to Future Pharmaceutical Development

Natural ingredients and best-selling drugs
Scientists in the pharmaceutical development field are often inspired by natural products in their
research programs. They hope to develop tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs by discovering
nature’s secrets. Indeed, most of the best-selling pharmaceuticals globally can be traced back to
natural products. Active agents found in nature can be a promising starting point in the long search for
the right and gentle cure, replacing existing ones, or leading to novel breakthroughs in medicine.

The Bulletin – Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Special Reports; Jan. 2006, pp. 48-52 Authors:Dr. Nicole Feling, Dr. Kai Lamottke