Organic Structure of Taxol

Large Image: Drawing of Yew Tree

Upper Inset: Organic Structure of Taxol

February 1992: SGER from CHE enables Gary Strobel, Montana State, to follow hunch that fungi on yew tree bark might have learned to make taxol.

Within months co-PI Andrea Stiele finds a yew tree in Glacier Park with fungus containing taxol.
Fungus is successfully cultured and taxol isolated; MSU files patent.
Small business sets up pilot plant in Bozeman; process works on pilot scale.
2001: Process is licensed to pharmaceutical company.

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