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This public compound library is the biggest

SHANGHAI has established the world's largest public chemical compound library boasting 950,000 compounds, aimed at pharmaceutical discovery and development, officials from the Chinese National Compound Library in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park said yesterday.

So far, the library has discovered some 20 potential chemicals to treat diseases like hepatitis, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease and started pre-clinical or clinical research.

"Under the central government's plan, we will hold more than 1 million compounds by 2015," Wang Mingwei, the library director, said yesterday. He said they have set up an advanced technology collaboration laboratory with the United States-based Agilent Technologies to boost China's life science research.

"With the largest public collection of compounds, we will further focus on major diseases, like cardiovascular diseases, cancers, metabolic diseases and infectious diseases," Wang said.


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