The National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops (NCPC) of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, is a pioneer in pharmaceutical crop research in the United States. It was formerly known as the Center for Medicinal Plant Research. NCPC was established in 2004 through U.S. Congressional Appropriations with the effort of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert.
We define the term Pharmaceutical Crops as the crops that are used for extraction or preparation of therapeutic substances such as drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients, vaccines and antibodies as well as other therapeutic proteins. Based on the type of pharmaceuticals produced, these crops can be classified into three distinct, yet sometimes overlapping, categories: crops for the production of small therapeutic molecules (STMs), large therapeutic molecules (LTMs), or standardized therapeutic extracts (STEs).
• Improve human health by discovering novel anti-tumor and antiviral agents from native and invasive plant species
• Enhance U.S. security in strategic pharmaceuticals, by reducing dependency and vulnerability on foreign supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients
• Revitalize the U.S. and Texas rural economy by developing high-value pharmaceutical crops
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