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Obituary: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hildebert Wagner – a great pharmaceutical biologist is no longer with us

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hildebert Wagner passed away on November 5th, 2021 at the age of 92 in Breitbrunn (Upper Bavaria, Germany).
With him, we are losing not only an excellent scientist who left an immense mark on the field of medicinal plant and natural product research, but also a true bridge builder between pharmacy and medicine, a personality who cultivated a curious and visionary view of the world to the very end. Last but not least, we mourn the loss of a pioneering teacher and a valuable academic friend.

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New GA board

The 69th GA congress was a great success, being the first online congress in the history of GA, and likewise the GA members meeting, with the election of the new board of directors. Thanks to the online voting platform used, the results of the election were available for the attendants in record time.

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InnCoCells – Innovative cosmetic ingredients from plants and plant cells

The InnCoCells project aims to revolutionize the way cosmetic ingredients are sourced, produced and tested by developing sustainable production processes based on plant cell and tissue cultures, aeroponics, greenhouse/field-grown plants and agricultural waste streams. These will be used for the extraction of valuable cosmetic ingredients for testing in a range of cell and tissue assays. The most promising ingredients will be tested on human volunteers before commercial exploitation. The project is guided by Stakeholder Group that includes the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research.

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Bionorica Phytoneering Award to Dr. Nadja B. Cech

The prestigious Bionorica Phytoneering Award 2021 is bestowed to Prof. Dr. Nadja B. Cech in recognition of her excellent research focussing on metabolomic analysis of medicinal plants and their active constituents. The Bionorica Phytoneering Award acknowledges outstanding research in the field of development and application of phytopharmaceutical products. It is a pleasure to award Prof. Dr. Nadja B. Cech, a young, outstanding researcher from the US working in the field of botanical natural products.

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