The great success of the previous five Euro-Mediterranean conferences of Life Sciences, Pharma and Biomedicine (BioNats) strongly inspires us to organize the 6th BioNat congress (BioNat-VI) in Cairo, Egypt during 1-3 April 2019.
Natural products are chemical compounds or substances produced by living organisms that usually have pharmacological or biological activities for use in drug discovery. The chemical diversity, structural complexity, affordability, lack of substantial toxic effects and inherent biological activity of natural products makes them ideal candidates for new therapeutics. Microorganisms produce a large variety of antimicrobial agents; plant and marine organisms are proven rich sources of potent chemicals with anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer activity. Venoms and toxins often specifically interact with macromolecular targets in the body. Attention is also devoted to the herbal medicine, plant-derived drugs, phytopharmaceuticals, bioactive proteins, anti-nutrients, synthetic drugs, ethnopharmacology, biodiversity as well as legislation and research strategies.
If Mother Nature gives us the disease, Mother Nature also provides the cure. The word pharmaceutical comes from the Greek word “pharmakeia”. The earliest drugstores date to the middle ages. The first known drugstore was opened by Arabian pharmacists in Baghdad in 754, and soon after many more began operating throughout the medieval Islamic world and eventually medieval Europe. By the 19th century, many of the drugstores in Europe and North America had eventually developed into larger pharmaceutical companies; the source of all these drugs sold in drug stores was natural products. According to some estimates, up to 75% of the drugs being used today have their roots in natural products. For instance, most modern medicines with a market in billions of dollars such as Statins for the heart, Metformin for diabetes, Steroids for inflammation, Aspirin for pain and chemotherapeutic agents (such as paclitaxel, camptothecin, vinblastine, vincristine, thalidomide) for cancer are derived from natural sources. This conference is organized to discuss the past, present and future contribution of natural products to drug discovery. We will invite leaders in their fields of Pharma, Drug discovery, Medicine, Nutrition, Agriculture and Biotechnology to present their prominent findings at a venue in Cairo, Egypt where most of this kind of work has its origins.
Conference package includes Conference bag; Abstract book (CD); Certificate of Attendance; Buffet lunch; Daily coffee breaks.
- All accepted abstracts will be published in the abstract CD as well as published online.
- BioNat offers group discounts (up to 15%) to institutions that register 15 or more employees. To qualify, all registrants in the group must be employed at the same institution and on the same campus. Group discounts are available only by Word Registration Form via Email.
- Certificate of presenting a poster or oral presentation.
- Certificate of attendance will be issued (attendees).
- All certificates will be approved, signed and stamped.