The first International Conference on Herbal Medicine, Genomics and Drug Discovery was recently hosted in Colombo by Link Natural Products. Professor Vajira H W Dissanayake, director of the Human Genetics Unit (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Colombo, and Professor Priya Weerasinghe, assistant professor (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) from the University of Texas, USA, chaired the conference. It was sponsored by Link Natural Products, for scientifically-validated herbal pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. The conference brought together leading scientists in the field from Sri Lanka, USA and India.
David Tweardy, professor at the Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas, Houston, USA, delivered the keynote address of ‘Discovering new drug leads through natural products repurposing’.
The final day of the conference was held at the Link Natural Products campus at Dompe, where the delegates participated in a field visit to the manufacturing facility, research and development laboratories. The academic sessions were conducted at the new Link Natural Products auditorium.