The Cangzhou Tianyuan Biotechnology Co. in central Henan province can now produce 60 tonnes of the antimalarial drug artemisinin per year by extraction of the sesquiterpene from Artemisia anna and subsequent recrystallization. The company is already delivering the drug to India and Sudan and is currently negotiating with Ghana for the construction of a second production facility. China’s first Nobel Prize went to the scientist TU Youyou in 2015 for the discovery of artemisinin as an antimalarial drug.

CAS news release, May 15, 2019

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