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World's largest library of compounds opens in Pudong

SHANGHAI has established the world's largest public compound library with 950,000 compounds for pharmaceutical research and development, officials with the National Compound Library in Pudong Zhangjiang High-tech Park said today.

The library has discovered some 20 promising chemicals with potentials to cure diseases such as hepatitis, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have started pre-clinical and clinical tests.

Its vast storage of compounds was accumulated through purchase, donation and collaborative research.

"Under a national government scheme, we will possess more than 1 million compounds in 2015," said Wang Mingwei, the library curator. The library has set up an advanced laboratory with US-based Agilent Technologies to boost China's life science research.

"With the largest collection of compounds (in the world), we will focus on cures for major diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancers, metabolic diseases and infectious diseases," Wang said.

The library also has cooperation with the World Health Organization to develop drugs for diseases prevalent in developing countries.

Wang said his library is a platform open to any domestic and foreign research institutes and companies with good projects.


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