Jewels In The Mud
William Fenical of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego knows all about such drugs in the fight against cancer. But Fenical also knows that NPI-2358, or "Plinabulin," is different. Fenical and members of his laboratory discovered a microbe on the surface of a seaweed in the Bahamas that led to the development of Plinabulin, a synthetic derivative. Developed by Nereus Pharmaceuticals Inc., Plinabulin, now being tested in humans, is different from conventional cancer drugs: It targets established blood vessels in solid tumors such as lung cancer and tends to leave healthy cells alone.
Provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography