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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.


September, 2016 

Alzheimer's progress
Dr. Steven Wagner (Dept. of Neurosciences, UCSD) and his team have filed a pre-IND briefing document with the FDA for their new compound BPN-15606, which is aimed at treating Alzheimer's Disease by a new approach.  The compound modulates the activity of the enzyme gamma-secretase, reducing the production of harmful cleavage forms of the beta amyloid peptide while sparing normal cleavage pathways. 

Medicinal chemist joins UCSD and CDDI
This summer, Dr. Carlo Ballatore joined the faculty of UCSD"s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, from University of Pennsylvania.  A medicinal chemist with experience in industry and academia, Dr. Ballatore will continue to work on new agents to treat Alzheimer's disease by targeting the tau protein, and will establish new projects with local collaborators.