The marine biodiscovery pipeline and ocean medicines of tomorrow

Marcel Jaspars, Donatella De Pascale, Jeanette H. Andersen, Fernando Reyes, Alexander D. Crawford, Adrianna Ianora*

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Marine organisms possess the capacity to produce a variety of unique and biologically potent natural products for treating human diseases, many of which are currently commercially available or are in advanced clinical trials. Here we provide a short review on progress in the field and discuss a case study of an EU-funded project, PharmaSea, which aims to discover novel products for the treatment of infections, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. Research in this sector is opening new doors for harnessing the potential of marine natural products with pharmaceutical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • drug discovery
  • ocean medicines
  • PharmaSea project
  • natural-products
  • clinical-trials
  • pain
  • framework
  • systems
  • sponge


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