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Project NatForce is financed through the FP7 network of the EU (REGPOT-2007-1) and aims to the reinforcement of the scientific and technological potential of NPMC/NKUA.The main objective is to facilitate the expansion and transformation of an existing high-quality Research and Education entity to a Natural Products Research Centre comparable to other European centres distinguished for scientific excellence.

Under the frame of NatForce project the lab will:

· Upgrade research equipment aiming to acquire new state of the art spectroscopic powerful instruments, and upgrade the existing ones.

· Transfer of know-how and recruitment of experienced researchers aiming to transfer the necessary technical knowledge to the personnel of the NPMC. Developing strategic partnerships and network activities with the well established research European Centres, through the organization of seminars and short term visits.

· Dissemination and promotional activities aiming to expose the NPMC activities and results to the international scientific and industrial environment. This could be achieved through the organization of workshops, participation in conferences, publications and other activities focused to other regional stakeholders in Greece and in the neighbouring countries of Southeaster Europe.


Project AgroCos is financed through the FP7 network of the EU (Prospecting for novel plant-produced compounds, KBBE-2009-3-1-04) and aims to the discovery of plant derived small molecules with potential as new cosmetic and agrochemical agents.

These compounds will derive from plants originating from major biodiversity hotspots in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific regions. The starting point of the project will be a diversity-oriented natural product library of 500 compounds, from which promising scaffolds are identified by a screening.

Chemotaxonomy and chemodiversity oriented collection of plant material, the generation of a library of 3600 extracts, and a state-of-the-art technology platform for miniaturized natural product discovery will generate focused sub-libraries around these privileged scaffolds. Further evaluation of these sub-libraries will lead to the development of novel products in agrochemistry and/or cosmetics with new or improved properties over existing active ingredients.


Project OLITEC is financed through the FP7 network of the EU (The People Programme, Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways, No. 230763)

OLITEC aims to translate scientific knowledge on specific olive constituents through a feasible industrial process to a technological prototype that could be further developed to commercial products (food supplement and/or pharmaceutical).

The main scientific and technological objectives of this project are:

· to develop extraction methods based on the combination of emerging new technologies for the preparation of enriched extracts from olive tree leaves

· to study the chemical composition of the extracts and their variation, depending on the extraction processes, the botanical origin

· to identify bioactive small molecules from the highly complex extract matrix with modern techniques (Centrifugation Partition Chromatography-CPC, HPLC-MS or NMR),

· to evaluate the biological activity of the pure isolated compounds and of the extracts

· to scale up the best extraction process and

· to study the feasibility of the development of a new commercial product and design the next steps of OLITEC exploitation.

OLITEC is a collaborative research project between academic community and industry focusing in the advance of new technologies and their integration in the process for the development of new products from the olive tree with therapeutic or preventive potential (phytomedicines, food supplements).


GRANTS 2000-2005

European Research grants

1. LIFE 00 ENV/GR/000671 MINOS:“Process development for an integrated olive oil mill waste management recovering natural antioxidants and producing organic ferilizer” (2001-2004). Best life environment project award.

2. LIFE 03 ENV/GR/000223 DIONYSOS: “Development of an economically viable process for the integrated management of winemaking industry waste; production of high added value natural products and organic fertilizer” (2003-2005). Top-5 best life environment project award.

3. PHYTOHEALTH: “Improving health through dietary phytoestrogens. A pan European network on consumers issues and opportunities for producers.”

4. EPET 2004: “Design and development of new functional foods and food supplements, based on the Mediterranean diet and the biodiversity of the Greek flora.”

5. EUREKA 2003:“SERMs – Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators:Synthesis and evaluation of biological activity.”

6. EUREKA 2005: “Utilization of perisperm and other parts of the sesame plant for extraction and further isolation of bioactive compounds with high added value.”

7. EUREKA 2005: “Exploitation of tomato and fruit industry waste via the recovery of high added value bioactive constituents.”

8. EUREKA 2005: “Evaluation of the estrogenic activity of natural compounds and derivatives thereof: Development of innovative pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.”

9. EUREKA 2005: “Integration of bioactive plant extracts in the production and certification of high quality biofunctional dairy products.”

10. EUREKA 2005: “Exploitation of Thessaly s grape pomace distillates particularities for the production and certification of high quality Tsipouro.”