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Peptide Potential

 

Peptides, the most basic of building blocks in physiology, continue to grow in prominence among pharmaceutical manufacturers. With inherent abilities to block or enhance signal transfers in the human body, peptides, when harnessed as active pharmaceutical ingredients, can treat a host of metabolic diseases, cardiovascular and heart conditions, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Peptide-based drug targets are being identified at an increasingly rapid pace, both in terms of recently introduced therapies, and products in the development pipeline. In fact, a recent report by market and technology research firm Frost & Sullivan indicated that more than 40 approved peptide-based drugs are in use today, and approximately 400 are being developed to treat allergies, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases (1).

Peptide-based therapies tap into the direct hardwiring of human physiology, yielding substantial and far-reaching benefits to drug treatments and therapies. Moreover, developments in peptide manufacturing and implementation have made these amino acid compounds more accessible to the market in terms of cost, flexibility and effectiveness.


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Gary Hu oversees all non-GMP and GMP business divisions within the American Peptide Company (APC). He has been with APC for 18 years and he is tasked with keeping the organisation profitable and meeting growth objectives year after year. Gary spearheads the Total Peptide ManagementTM programme, a flagship initiative designed to help the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries bring new and innovative drugs to market faster. Specialising in business development, he emphasises a team approach to bring value and integrity to customers’ projects.
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