People of the forests have become sophisticated chemists by necessity utilizing plants for every aspect of their lives. Often, the entire knowledge of a tribe resides in the mind of the shaman.
Shamans are the most endangered species in all the world, and even more so in the Amazon. Marooned in time by the loss of traditional ways many of the native healers have no apprentices, most are old and each shaman’s death is a kind of extinction. It is these shamans that RAD seeks out with the hope of documenting, and saving their precious knowledge as one might save genetic material.
The “RAD humanitarian brand” is a reflection on the values we hold and represents the importance we place on International Aid transparency, while providing unprecedented opportunities to improve on the availability of practical action.
RAD Laboratories has created a unique structure to address the ethical, financial, and conservation issues associated with Indigenous knowledge and tropical plant genetic resources. RAD’s nonprofit foundation was formed on the firm belief that important new medicines can be discovered from plant materials.
RAD Laboratories seeks to discover and develop new classes of therapeutic drugs, by isolating compounds from tropical plants that show a history of medicinal use, and are commonly used in the traditional medical practices of the Indigenous peoples of Colombia.
This type of aid focuses on the transfer of knowledge and resources through Research & Development programs, informative workshops and forest infrastructure development, with the ultimate goal of achieving new drugs that improve upon the communities health and well being.
The “RAD Humanitarian structure” promotes the Indigenous peoples participation in the New Drug Discovery Program, and will allow them to share in the responsibility for sustainable development and management of their natural resources. The “RAD Humanitarian foundation” is dedicated to maintaining global plant biodiversity, and especially those plants that have been used traditionally for medical purposes for thousands of years.