The construction of a 1600 m2 Artemisinin research centre was started in Beijing’s Daxin Science Park and is scheduled to go into operation in 2021. It is headed by Professor Youyou TU, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug in 2015, China’s first ever Nobel Prize. Artemisinin is part of the mugwort Artemisia annua, which has been known for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of malaria.