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China, NZ to cooperate in drug research

CHINESE scientists will team up with their counterparts in New Zealand to extract substances from the sea to treat human nerve diseases, according to the Drug Discovery Forum which opened in the city today.

More than 100 scientists from both countries attended the forum to discuss new technologies and cooperation on chemical screening and drug discovery.

"In addition to chemicals from the sea, New Zealand scientists also brought a project to screen potential chemicals to treat tuberculosis," said Wang Mingwei, director of the National Compound Library in Shanghai, the largest public compound library in the world.

Wang said forum participants also discuss the possibility of screening traditional medicines of Maori, the aboriginal people of New Zealand, for pharmaceutical production.

The participants believed their cooperation will be successfully because New Zealand is strong in basic research and clinical development, while Shanghai has the world's largest compound library for chemical screening.

"More projects and talent exchange are under discussion for a wider range of collaboration," Wang said.


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