Aquapharm is Realising the Evolutionary Legacy of Marine
Proactive chemical selection pressure
In common with all life-forms, marine micro-organisms seek to
maximize their reproductive potential by successfully competing for
scarce resources with other life-forms sharing the same ecological
niche - mainly other microbes. A key strategy is to attack their
competitors by secreting compounds which slow-down or stop their
growth whilst fending off the attacks of their neighbours.
Chemical responses to selection pressure
The defensive chemicals used by marine microbes include many
anti-oxidant or anti-inflammatory compounds.
Aquapharm uses its knowledge of marine microbe culturing and
induction to reveal the full range of this biochemical arsenal
exposing the rich evolutionary legacy and dramatically increasing
the probability of finding commercially valuable products with
The 'offensive' compounds include anti-microbial candidates that
can be harnessed by Aquapharm for development as novel antibiotics
and novel preservatives (personal care/nutrition) whereas the
'defensive' compounds include candidates that can be developed as
novel pharmaceuticals for auto-immune diseases and tissue-damage
caused by chronic and degenerative diseases and novel functional
ingredients for personal care and nutrition markets.