38_Napo Pharmaceuticals

Getting life-saving medicines to marginal markets

More than a million children die every year from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, and the sickness is a chronic problem for people with HIV-AIDS in the developing world. One promising solution is Crofelemer, a drug engineered from a molecule found in a South American tree bark. Crofelemer has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration and is now going through the final stages of the approval process. It's produced by a South San Francisco startup, Napo Pharmaceuticals, which has formed distribution partnerships with big pharmaceutical companies in India and China.

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