Youyou Tu wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Youyou Tu received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She became the first Chinese scientist who won the prize. In 1970s, Tu successfully extracted artemisinin from Artemisia annua with ether. At first, they failed to extract the compound with boiling water, because hot water had already damaged the compound.

Chinese investors may hype the concept as they always did in the past, though artemisinin suppliers such as Fosun Pharma (SSE: 600196) and KPC Pharmaceuticals (SSE: 600422) didn’t and will not earn much from the drug because of its low price. Chinese stock markets are filled with speculators and retail investors. We will see.