IRPF and the Phytochemical Society of Europe announce the IRPF-PSE award winners

10 July 2017

Pierre Fabre Research And Development Institute (IRPF) and the Phytochemical Society of Europe rewarded their three 2017 IRPF- Phytochemical Society of Europe award winners on June 28th, 29th, 30th and July 1st at the Phytochemical Society of Europe's Lille Symposium. These Awards, open to scientists worldwide, reward particularly innovative phytochemical research projects in the following therapeutic fields: oncology, dermatology, the central nervous system and oral care.

In 2017, three winners were rewarded. In oncology, Florent Olivon was nominated for his work on the molecular networking of molecules isolated from New Caledonian Euphorbiaceae, Prof. Francesco Epifano, in neurology, for the study of natural substances interacting with melatonin receptors in the context of epilepsies and Prof. Srijit Das, in dermatology, for his work on the treatment of diabetes-related skin wounds using Momordica charantia.



Focus on Florent Olivon's research

Metabolomics PhD student at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles,

CNRS-ICSN, Gif-sur-Yvette, France:

Florent Olivon's research, based on the technique of molecular networking, facilitated the study of extracts of New Caledonian Euphorbiaceae in the oncogenic Wnt signaling pathway and the chikungunya viral replication pathway. This research may result in the discovery of new bioactives and facilitate their purification.



Focus on Prof. Francesco Epifano's research,

Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, Gabriele d’Annunzio University,

Chieti-Pescara, Italy:

His research, which aims to treat epilepsies linked to brain-tumors, has isolated and characterized molecules derived from plants and fungi that act as melatonin receptor ligands.



Focus on Prof. Srijit Das’ research,

Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Kebangsaan University,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

Diabetes is associated with many comorbidities. These include (micro)angiopathies, which are a common complication and lead to skin lesions and trophic disorders of the extremities (wounds, wound healing disorders, perforating ulcers). Prof. Das’ research concerns the use of Momordica charantia (bitter gourd) on wounds. The promising results he presents could result in a new therapeutic proposal for patient management.

The awards ceremony is also an opportunity to reissue a call for applications for the 2018 Awards. Candidates for the 2018 IRPF - Phytochemical Society of Europe Awards can apply until December 31, 2017 on the website or by e-mail:

Depending on the quality of the applications, 1 to 3 prizes will be awarded in each of the 4 therapeutic fields (oncology, dermatology, the central nervous system and oral care) with a check for €3,000 and an official winner’s certificate. The results will be announced in March 2018 and the Prizes will be officially presented at one of the conferences organized by the Phytochemical Society of Europe. Moreover, Pierre Fabre Research And Development Institute has committed to sponsoring these Phytochemical Society of Europe Awards until 2019 and the winners will be invited to present their research at the Pierre Fabre R&D Center located on the Toulouse Oncopole Campus. 

Our support of the Phytochemical Society of Europe through these Awards aims at fostering innovation in phytochemistry, which has always been a major area of expertise at Pierre Fabre R&D, stated Philippe Maillos, Head of the New Chemical Entities platform at Pierre Fabre pharmaceutical laboratories. This initiative is perfectly in line with our Open Innovation strategy already marked by the launch of the Nature Open Library program in December 2015, the Pierre Fabre Fund for Innovation in February 2016 and the upcoming Natural Fragment Library Program by Pierre Fabre, he added.