In this webinar, ethnobotanist, Steven King, PhD, will discuss his work creating a sustainable harvesting program for Croton lechleri, (the source of Crofelemer) for use in Crofelemer, the first oral botanical drug approved by the US FDA. King, in particular, will talk about his work with international partners and indigenous and local communities on conserving biological diversity, recognizing intellectual property rights, and meeting global human health care needs.
Dr. Steven R. King is an ethnobotanist who has conducted field research on the use of plants for food and medicine in the highland and lowland regions of South America, Africa and parts of Southeast Asia over the past 42 years. Dr. King holds a Ph.D in Biology with a focus on ethnobotany and economic botany. He is currently chief of sustainable supply, ethnobotanical research and IP at Jaguar Health. He has helped develop Crofelemer. He and his colleagues in several Andean countries have created a long term sustainable harvesting program of Croton lechleri, (the source of Crofelemer) in collaboration with local and indigenous communities and regional scientists.