Diterpenoid derivatives as anticancer agents


This invention relates to a group of derivatives synthesized based on the ent-kaurane diterpenoid flexicaulin A (FA). These compounds can be used as a medicament for the treatment of tumours or cancers.

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Commercialisation opportunities
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Problem addressed

Chemotherapy resistance is a major concern in the medical management of many cancer patients. Thus, development of new and potent anticancer drugs are urgently needed. The compounds of this invention are based on plant-derived natural compound, that can be used for cancers.

  • This group of compounds demonstrated anti-proliferative effect in common human cancer cell lines, including colorectal, skin and pancreatic cancer.
Key impact
  • Paclitaxel (PTX) is an approved chemotherapy drug used to treat a number of types of cancer. It is also a natural compound. In the animal study, the present invention's compounds demonstrated a better anti-cancer activity while having a similar toxicity result with PTX.
  • The compound has potential to develop into pharmaceutical products e.g. anti-cancer drug for colorectal carcinoma.


  • US Patent No. US 9,795,589
  • US Patent No. US 10,493,056
  • China Patent No. ZL 2017 8 0054194.5
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