Looking to the Future
As we are struggling with the chaos created by Covid-19 and scientists around the world are scrambling to find a vaccine, it is prudent to think about what we can do to avoid the next pandemic. As we have learned through history, the greatest solutions are often found in nature - which continually builds upon millions of years of experimentation.
Biotech researchers and pharmaceutical companies are well aware of the immense value of nature-based solutions, often looking to nature for keys to solving medical challenges. One of the sources for many solutions, and one many of us believe holds the greatest potential for future solutions, is our oceans - including the radically different, unimaginably strange, and yet largely unexplored ocean depths.
So looking towards future solutions, we want to provide you a copy of a timely article on this topic written by development economist Nishan Degnarain:
We think you will find Nishan’s thoughtful piece, written with the assistance of infectious disease researcher Dr. Louis Metzger (who focuses on new antimicrobial molecules for drug discovery) both interesting and informative. Nishan and Louis note:
“Marine genetic resources are … irreplaceable products of nature that play a critical role in modern medicine and industrial processes today. Take a look at any major disease and often the highest potential treatments have their origin in a marine natural product…. The current coronavirus crisis shows just how important it is to have a library of deep ocean natural resources, including deep ocean microbial communities. It is critical to ensure we have a large enough repository of natural product targets to be prepared for the next health pandemic crisis.”
Today we need to focus on today’s growing crisis and tend to those in need. But once we begin emerging from this crisis, let's think about preparing for the future and make sure we don’t toss away the keys that may unlock the solution to the next pandemic.
Chairman and President