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New natural products of biomedical interest were presented by the Marine Bioproducts Center (Cebimar by its Spanish acronym) of Cuba to the Convention on Environment and Development.
Cebimar focuses on pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, based on research in marine organisms of the Cuban coast.
According to Dr. Roberto Núñez, director of this entity, the investigation of the Centre includes the issues of environmental protection and sustainability in the exploitation of marine biodiversity.
Organisms such as algae, sponges, coelenterates and anemones, most relevant from the Cuban coast are studied with social, economic and environmental purposes.
As a result of these investigations, they have developed useful products like Bithal, an extract obtained from the marine angiosperm testudinum Thalassia, which has dermoregenerative, antioxidants and antibacterial properties.


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