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This special issue of Biochemical Pharmacology contains proceedings of a joint conference sponsored by the Natural Products Section of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the International Conference on the Mechanism of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN), an organization dedicated to defining actions and clinical benefits of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Entitled “From Nutraceuticals to Pharmaceuticals: Common Challenges and Approaches”, the conference was held in Aberdeen UK in September 2017. The aim of this gathering was to identify the challenges that must be overcome to identify and characterize novel therapeutics from natural products. Contained in this issue are reviews prepared by conference participants as well as abstracts describing oral and poster presentations.