The value of snake venom

Snake venom is a liquid secreted by poisonous snakes from their poison glands. The main component is toxic protein, accounting for about 90% to 95% of the dry weight. There are about twenty kinds of enzymes and toxins. In addition, it also contains some small peptides, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleosides, biological amines and metal ions. The composition of snake venom is very complex, and the toxicity, pharmacology and toxicological effects of different snake venom have their own characteristics.

Photo: Taking snake venom

Making full use of natural complex synthetic toxins is always an effective way to develop new drugs in the world medical circle. For the development of effective and affordable new drugs for diabetes or obesity, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) provides funding of eur 6 million, with a total R&D investment of EUR 9.4 million, funded by 5 EU member States France (general coordination), Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Denmark, And interdisciplinary biochemistry researchers and allied pharmaceutical industry make up the European VENOMICS research team. Since November 2011, the team has been engaged in the research and development of new venomous toxin drugs, and has made positive progress.

The research team first successfully optimized and screened out more than 200 kinds of poisonous snakes from around the world to breed them artificially. Using the newly developed high-precision mass spectrometer technology and other advanced technologies, we have studied and analyzed the molecular structures of 203 viper venom samples and complex biological compounds, and successfully classified more than 4,000 toxin “microproteins”. According to the peak toxicity, it is applied to the development of various new drugs.

At present, most of the team’s research and innovation activities have been directed to the development of targeted drugs such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, human allergy and cancer, where the data collected from various studies have proven that venomous toxin has significant efficacy in the suppression and treatment of diabetes or obesity. New drugs typically take 2-3 years to discover, qualitatively and quantitatively, and another 10 or 15 years for clinical trials, product certification and commercial development before they finally reach the market.

The “2018 China Snake Venom Product Market Analysis Report – Industry Operation Situation and Development Prospect Research” released by Guanyantianxia is rigorous in content and full of data, supplemented by a large number of intuitive charts to help enterprises in the industry accurately grasp the industry development trend, market prospect, and correctly formulate enterprise competition strategy and investment strategy. Based on the authoritative data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the General Administration of Customs, the State Information Center and other channels, as well as the field survey of the industry by our center, this report conducts market research and analysis from multiple perspectives from theory to practice and from macro to micro, combining with the environment of the industry.

Post time: Apr-02-2022