June 30th, 2016, VITERBO (VT) – IRBM’s CNCCS consortium joined the Università della Tuscia, the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and the Italian Department of Instruction, University and Research (MIUR) in announcing the joint PRONAT project, aimed at identifying bioactive agents of animal or plant origin.
The project is financed by the Department’s committee for economic programming (Cipe) with 6 million Euros, and the partners plan to build a compound collection of natural products generated through research activities taking place in the laboratories of the scientific partners. The collection, which will be stored at the IRBM Science Park site as part of the CNCCS compound collection, will then be made available for the identification of novel active compounds for multiple indications.
“This is how medicine was born,” explains CNR President, Prof. Massimo Inguscio, “once people were treated with whatever they could find in nature. Now, with new screening technologies and the outstanding skills of our researchers, it is possible to actually create novel medications. This research might also finally demonstrate whether common beliefs on the healing properties of elements in the natural world are upheld by scientific proof.”
The project was presented by the Rector of the Università della Tuscia, Alessandro Ruggieri; the committee head, Prof. Marco Mancini; the CNR President, Prof. Massimo Inguscio; the CEO of the CNCCS Consortium and President of IRBM Science Park S.p.A., Piero Di Lorenzo; and Giuseppe Fioroni, previously the Secretary for the Department of Instruction, University and Research.