New malaria method could boost drug productionPosted: February 16, 2012
Chemists at the Max Planck Institute take the waste product from the creation of the drug artemisinin — artemisinic acid — and convert it into the drug itself.
The entire apparatus is compact, about the size of a carry-on suitcase, and inexpensive. That means it can be easily added to production sites anywhere around the world.
“Four hundred of these would be enough to make a world supply of artemisinin,” said unit director Peter Seeberger, pointing to the machine on a table in his lab in Berlin’s Dahlem neighborhood. “The beauty of these things is they’re very small and very mobile.”