Natural Products Development
A natural product or secondary metabolite is a pharmacologically or biologically active chemical compound or substance, which is found in nature and produced by a living organism. The lengthy process of natural products evolution has resulted in optimal interactions with biological macromolecules and targets.
Natural Product Development mainly focuses on the need for less expensive alternative therapies, especially in the treatment of chronic illnesses. It also involves the use of natural products in a drug-discovery or development program. The World Health Organization has been promoting traditional medicine as a source of less expensive, comprehensive medical care, especially in developing countries. The main goal is to fully exploit the biosynthetic and therapeutic potential of untapped biodiversity for drug discovery. Many well-known drugs listed in the modern pharmacopoeia have their origins in nature.