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    Creating new medications to treat life-threatening diseases

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    Collaborative Drug Discovery

Drug Discovery Innovation at UC San Diego

Connecting Scientists, Enabling Discovery

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Too many people and families desperately need help with serious diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. We started the Center for Drug Discovery Innovation (CDDI) to help discover new treatments and cures. We work in two main ways:

  • From discovery to cure: When a UC San Diego researcher has a new idea for how to treat a disease, this is just a beginning.  The CDDI evaluates new ideas and helps advance the most promising ones.

    Innovating drug discovery: The journey from idea to treatment is long, costly, and too often unsuccessful.  CDDI scientists and engineers are inventing new technologies to surmount the obstacles and navigate this process faster and more effectively.

UC-Wide Drug Discovery Symposium

UC San Diego CDDI co-organized the first ever drug discovery symposium drawing on and connecting multiple UC campuses. Hosted by UCLA in February, the lively gathering included scientific seminars reporting successful projects from across the UC, a panel discussion regarding partnering with industry, and a planning session aimed at building shared resources and collaborations. 

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