Less expensive production method reduces the costs on the consumer and society
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Belgian institute VIB (Flander Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology) have developed a new, efficient method for producing plant-derived compounds in cell cultures. Such compounds are for example used for expensive special pharmaceuticals. The new method will provide a more inexpensive and efficient method for producing anti-cancer drugs in the near future.
Isolating pharmaceuticals from plants is difficult due to their extremely low concentrations. Since the raw material is scarce or its chemical production is too difficult or even impossible, the industry currently lacks sufficient methods for producing all of the desired plant-derived pharmaceutical molecules. Some substances can only be isolated from extremely rare plants. The biotechnical method developed by VTT and VIB offers a quick and efficient method for producing these high-value medical compounds in cultivated cells. In the future, the new production method may also offer alternatives to other highly expensive drugs.
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