The NPMC (Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry) group is dedicated to the research of Natural Products and their exploitation as leads for the development of novel bioactive molecules or drugs with potential use as nutraceuticals, cosmetics or agrochemicals.
NPMC was established at 1994 and it is based on the constructive collaboration of the Laboratory of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry and the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Athens.
- A great advantage for NPMC is that Greece is among the top 25 worldwide biodiversity hotspots. A collection of more than 1000 identified plant species and hundreds of fungi and marine organisms are used for the discovery of new bioactive natural products.
- NPMC through FP7-REGPOT “NatForce” has obtained state-of-the-art equipment like an NMR 600MHz facility with microprobe and a hybrid LS-Ms/Ms LTQ-Orbitrap that complement the existing high-tech and powerful instrumentation of the lab.
- NPMC has numerous participations in national and European research programmes and currently is coordinating 3 EU-FP7 projects. It also has extensive collaboration with international industrial partners as well as with international renowned research centres.
Overall the reinforcement of scientific and technological potential has led to:
- the establishment of a state-of-the-art research centre in the field of Natural Products in Europe and,
- the production of significant knowledge and new high added value applications of natural compounds in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nutraceutical and agricultural sectors.
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) was the first University established at the Eastern Mediterranean (1837) and nowadays it is the principal state institution in Greece and one of the largest universities in Europe. NKUA comprises more than 31 Departments, with more than 34.000 students, among them 9.000 MSc and 7.500 PhD, studying in it. NKUA is ranked among the top 200 most distinguished universities worldwide.