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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.


January 30, 2015: Drs. Rommie Amaro and Jim McKerrow are awarded a UCSD Frontier of Innovation Award, to establish the UCSD Center for Translational Computer-Aided Drug Discovery & Project Management as a new component of the CDDI. Dionicio Siegel and Bill Gerwick have also been awarded a grant under this Frontiers in Innovation Program to develop the UCSD Center for Compound Resources.  This will also be a component of the cDDI and provide the UCSD community access to a rich chemodiversity for biological screening.