New malaria method could boost drug production

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.”

via New malaria method could boost drug production.

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