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Why Ampika?

Increasingly consumers want to buy natural alternatives to synthetic healthcare products. AmpikaPhytobase™, Ampika's database of over 500 medicinal plants from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, uniquely positions the company to create novel, natural healthcare products that meet this market. Ampika is seeking business partners ......... arrow

Our Ethos

Ampika believes that it is vital that indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazonian Rainforest who have shared their knowledge should benefit and their rights be safeguarded. A share of any profits from its commercial activity will be returned to Peru to help revitalise and preserve traditional knowledge about the medicinal use of plants ......... arrow



Ampika is a medicinal plants business that was spun out from Cambridge University in May 2003. The company operates in two areas of healthcare: development of nutraceuticals (dietary supplements and functional foods) for retail to consumers, and discovery of plant-derived drugs for prescription use. Ampika is seeking partners for marketing and distribution of its consumer products, and is looking to form collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to discover and develop plant-derived drugs.

Ampika's business is underpinned by a unique database, AmpikaPhytobase™, of some 500 plants used in traditional Amazonian medicine. The database is the work of Dr Françoise Barbira Freedman of the Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. It is the tangible result of 25 years' of her work with Peruvian traditional healers, and of her unique relationship of trust with the local people - who actively support Ampika's utilisation of their exceptional knowledge of medicinal plants.