The NCNPR is housed in the Thad Cochran Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides pivotal infrastructure for a school-wide research enterprise.
The development of the NCNPR illustrates how an essential combination of vision, leadership, state and university support, a creative scientific community, long-term commitment, and an investment in infrastructure can lead to successful scientific and technological enterprises.
Research activities at the NCNPR cover a broad range of activities that include a natural products discovery and development program, with both pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications.
As a result of its research activities, the NCNPR has six active license agreements as of July, 2004, and four of these agreements currently generate revenue for the center.
Established in 1993, NCNPR
is the nation's only university research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and dietary supplements derived from plants, marine organisms and other natural products.
FDA by means of funds appropriated by Congress, NCNPR has a mandate to foster the growth of research in developing authentication, identification tools and to evaluate the safety of botanical supplements, which is the foundation for the development of quality products and for conducting clinical research.
In April, NCNPR dedicated and opened the Natural Products Training Center at Ole Miss in a partnership with Waters Corporation to promote scientific standards in the advancement of commercially viable natural products by offering training courses for technical professionals, scientists, regulatory, quality control and quality assurance personnel affiliated with dietary supplements and other manufacturers of natural products.