SESSION: Conserving the KNOWLEDGE of Natural Product with chemical intelligence
Gaining time & efficiency in method development with chemical intelligence
KK Bhagchandani, ACD/Labs
Abstract: For thousands of years natural products have played a very important role in health care and prevention of diseases. The ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Indians, and North Africans provide written evidence for the use of natural sources for curing various diseases. The earliest known written document is a 4000 year old Sumerian clay tablet that records remedies for various illnesses.
It was not until the nineteenth century that scientists isolated active components from various medicinal plants. Friedrich Sertürner isolated morphine from Papaver somniferum in 1806, and since then natural products have been extensively screened for their medicinal purposes. A lot of research has been going on to unearth the treasures which can be useful for man-kind and some of them have been very successful.
Ironically, despite the fact that these areas pioneered the use of natural products for medicines, a lot of useful information (related to both medical and other uses) has been lost, and there is a need for us to recapture and/or recreate this knowledge for mankind. Some of the reasons this knowledge was not captured are that the technology was limited in unifying discrete datasets and datatypes, and more importantly it couldn’t be presented or aggregated in a searchable repository.
This presentation will cover how the new technology can help you compile all of the knowledge derived from discrete types of data, and connect them in a very logical and contextual manner. We will also cover how this knowledge can be searched or retrieved depending upon the context or need of query.