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Research group


Research Group on Bioactive Substances GISB

Academic Unit: Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences,  Academic Corporation for the study of Tropical Pathologies

Colombian Ministry of Science








Natural sciences


Chemical sciences

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Strategic Focus

We implement strategies for scientific education and the creation of knowledge on the valorization and sustainable use of our biodiversity. To achieve this, we use chemical and functional exploration, and we develop bioingredients that promote innovation in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic sectors.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Chemical and metabolic analysis of natural products and biological matrices.
  • Development of high-value substances for the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries, and for the agroindustrial sector.
  • Functionality and biodisponibility of bioactive and nutrient substances.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Group Coordinator

Edison Osorio Durango, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Pharmaceuticals, Nutrition, and Health.

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Grupo de Neurociencias de Antioquia (Neuroscience group of Antioquia, Colombia).
  • Chemistry of Colombian Plants (Química de Plantas Colombianas, Colombia).
  • Universitat de Barcelona (Spain).
  • Espiritu Santo University (Brazil).

Notable Projects

  • Pilot-industrial development of an absorbable flavanol-rich cocoa ingredient.
  • Technological innovation applied to increasing the competitivity of the cocoa industry.
  • Bio-directed tracking of natural product-inspired anticarcinogenic molecules: An integrative approach applied to species of Amaryllidaceae.

Main Research Results

Generation of new knowledge evinced in the publication of scientific articles in high-impact journals nationally and internationally. During our research trajectory, we have published more than 100 articles that, in general, account for a search of preventive or therapeutic alternatives for various diseases (Alzheimer’s disease and Cardiovascular disease). Additionally, we have also developed new materials intended for cosmetic, phytotherapeutic or food-related use. Thus, we seek a high-value and sustainable use of our biodiversity.

Research Portafolio

  • Assessment of antioxidant activity and total polyphenol content.
  • Cosmetic functionality tests.
  • Chemical analysis by various chromatographic techniques.
  • Chemical analysis by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR).
  • Co-development of research projects.
  • Training, technical counseling, and expert advice.

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