In several places across Europe Pharmeko collects and cultivates Taxus baccata dried leaves. Taxus baccata is the product which opens our personal chapter on cultivation of medicinal species. The know-how acquired over the years, since its first yield in 1994 to the present, makes us highly competitive in the market, providing a superior product in terms of active ingredient content always constant over the years.
Taxus baccata is a conifer widespread in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere and is widely used in the ornamental sector. The leaves and twigs contain diterpene alkaloids, lignans, flavonoids and steroids; They are used in the pharmaceutical industry for the presence of 10-deacetylbaccatin III from which to semi-synthesis is achieved an important anticancer agent, taxol.
This molecule is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, small cell lung cancer at an advanced stage and AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma. The dried leaves are used by the pharmaceutical industry to isolate precursors for anti-cancer medicines like Paclitaxel and Docetaxel.