New Smartbomb Uses Crocus to treat cancer

The Bradford Cancer Therapeutics team are developing a new cancer treatment which has the potential to find and completely destroy solid tumours, regardless of cancer type.

“What wcrocuse’ve designed is, effectively, a ‘smart bomb’ that can be targeted directly at any solid tumour to kill it without appearing to harm healthy tissue,” says Professor Laurence Patterson, Director of Bradford’s Institute for Cancer Therapeutics (ICT).

The drug’s key active agent is based on colchicine, a natural compound derived from the Autumn crocus – a native British flower described in ancient herbals as a treatment for inflammation.

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In the News (Yorkshire Post)Lauwrence Patterson holding a bottle