For over 20 years, the Eskitis Institute and its partners have established and maintained Nature Bank as the cornerstone of its drug discovery programs
Nature Bank is a collection of over 45,000 samples of plants and marine invertebrates from tropical Queensland, Tasmania, China, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, collected in accordance with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. These samples have been processed into a library of over 200,000 natural product fractions ready for high throughput screening against any disease.
How it works
Nature Bank is shared with researchers around the world, who test the library to find new compounds that could be developed into new drugs. By working with the global disease experts, we ensure that we have the best team for the job.
As of 2014, Nature Bank has been sent to 18 universities, 7 research institutes and 4 pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Nature Bank is already being used to search for new drugs for malaria, sleeping sickness, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, stroke, thrombosis, tuberculosis, HIV, alzheimers and many others. Depending on the disease, when we find new compounds they can be developed through partnerships with other universities, philanthropic foundations or pharmaceutical companies.
Support Nature Bank
Find out how you can support Nature Bank by sponsoring a sample or contacting us to discuss other ways to support this unique biodiscovery resource.
Collaborate with us
Nature Bank is sent to academic laboratories and public research institutions around the world drug discovery projects. Find out more about how you can access this unique global resource.
Nature Bank is available for risk-sharing or fee-for-service screening to provide drug-like lead molecules that hit your targets. Talk to us today about a screening campaign that meets your needs.
If you have any questions about Nature Bank, please contact us via the enquiry form.