Pharmaceuticals, diabetes and beer?
Yes, you wouldn't think that anyone would consider beer as a potential treatment for diabetes! To be fair, we're actually looking at hops and to be even more specific, a hops-derived compound.
They've discovered that the hops found in beer can be broken down and spun out into therapeutic molecules, regulating body weight and glucose metabolism.
KinDex Pharmaceuticals based in Seattle is the company behind this new development and they are on the verge of a make-or-break Phase II trial, banking a $5 million round led by Polaris, to test whether its candidate can treat Type 2 diabetes.
I think its great that people are regaining an interest in the power of plants. Long may it continue!