Drugs in Plants

Lead Chief Investigator: David Craik, The University of Queensland

Collaborating Chief Investigators: Michelle Colgrave, Glenn King, Kathy Belov



Plants hold great potential as biofactories for the production of biologics at scale with a low environmental footprint. This project will seek lead peptides and proteins of interest from the CIPPS community for production in plants.


Relevance to the Centre

This project aligns with the centre’s vision of developing innovative techniques for the production and delivery of bioactive peptides and proteins. The project requires collaboration between the lab of CI Craik that houses the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Producing Pharmaceuticals in Plants (CVC-PPP) and members of CIPPS with advanced peptides or protein designs amenable to recombinant protein production. The project will test a range of unique peptide scaffolds stemming from marine organisms (Craik), arachnids (King), plant (Craik and Colgrave), marsupials (Belov) and human origin (Craik, Lawrence) for their suitability for plant based production.