Marine micro-organisms have evolved novel physiological and chemical capabilities to survive and flourish in the diverse and extreme habitats found in the marine environment.
Adaptations to extremes of, and fluctuations in, pH, salt, temperature and pressure have provided marine microbes with the ability to produce secondary metabolites not found in terrestrial micro-organisms. While microbes isolated from the terrestrial environment have been prolific at producing many of the currently marketed drugs, the opportunity of new chemistry from marine microbes has the ability to far exceed that produced from terrestrial sources.
Aquapharm® is focussed on the discovery and development of novel biologically active molecules from its collection of marine micro-organisms. The Company has developed a strong capability in the isolation and fermentation of marine micro-organisms and is well placed to deliver a robust discovery process centred on marine microbiology and natural products chemistry.