The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and some Chinese researchers have partnered to develop anti-cancer drugs from marine organisms. This is a monumental development as cancer-related deaths in the country has reached alarming heights.
The partnership which is championed by the Department of Pharmacology, Capital Medical University, China and the Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is expected to lead to the production of anti-cancer agents from the marine elements.
The parties are partnering for the exploitation and exploration of Nigeria’s marine and terrestrial microbes for medically and nutritionally beneficial products and also to promote research in the development of identified natural products and other commercially viable products.
Associate professor and expert in cancer research cancer drug development, Prof Joshua Liao, who led the team from China said the aim of the collaboration is to develop drugs from different organisms, especially marine organism. “We do see a lot of opportunities and I think both parties can make it by working together .”
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