Bioprospecting for natural drug leads

With a view to search for novel drug leads, herbal decoctions and distillates based on native traditional medicine with relevant claims were screened using both in vitro (parasite cultures/ stem cell lines/ cancer cell lines) and in vivo (rodent models) studies. These studies are conducted in collaboration with the Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute of the University of Kelaniy and the National Institute of Fundamental Sudies, Kandy

A pilot study was completed on screening selected marine sponge extracts for immunomodulatory and cancer chemopreventive activity, in collaboration with the University of Genova, Italy.

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