Over the past four decades, Satoshi Ōmura and his colleagues have found that one-in-three soil isolates produce bioactive substances. These substances include antibiotics, plant growth factors, vitamins, alkaloids, enzymes and enzyme inhibitors. The compounds and derivatives below are some of leading examples of the >470 that Professor Ōmura has discovered, many of which have proved of great use and benefit in animal and human health, scientific research and development and industry.

These molecule snapshots are derived from the entries in the Splendid gifts book. Fuller details can be obtained by contacting Professor Ōmura.

The molecular structure of avermectin