SAN DIEGO, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biosortia Pharmaceuticals Inc. announces today that it is conducting an aquatic microbiome harvest from the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier on Tuesday, November 8 through Thursday, November 10. Microbiomes are being recognized by researchers as potential new opportunities in human health and drugs. Biosortia studies the hidden chemistry of aquatic microbiomes for potential new drugs due to the genetic and metabolic link to human microbiomes. Emphasizing this important connection research has shown a 73% overlap in human gut microbiome and the marine microbiome. Furthermore, in May, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative to foster the integrated study of microbiomes for a variety of scientific and practical purposes including human health. Biosortia Pharmaceuticals has built a capability and capacity to access to the richest chemistry on earth for first-in-class small molecules with new mechanisms of action for high priority unmet needs in human health. Biosortia's scout system and a full production systems have conducted multiple harvests of microbiomes. The smaller scout system is currently recovering a sizable marine microbiome in the photic zone at the Scripps Memorial research pier located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The current harvest is expected to provide Biosortia information about the actual chemistry of this particular microbiome for drug discovery opportunities as well as materials for collaborating researchers. Biosortia Pharmaceuticals' business model is to obtain and license discoveries from the aquatic microbiome because of the historical success of natural product chemistry specifically cultured microorganism chemistry leading to new drugs. Even with only a 1% of culturable microorganisms of which only 2% of those produce interesting chemistry this minimal productivity has led to more than 25% of all drugs. Pharma companies and researchers are actively rethinking natural product chemistry because of failures of high profile alternative strategies such as combinatorial chemistry where billions have be spent for decades to only lead to one drug on the shelf.