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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 Scientist, Enabling Discovery

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 Drug Discovery Consortium Seed Grants

We are pleased to announce UC DDC's first cycle of seed funding awards. All therapeutic areas are eligible, and each grant can be for up to $50K, with a maximum duration of one year. Up to six projects will be funded in this cycle. Letters of intent are due July 31.  Details and application information are available here:

New Masters Program

Drs. Williams Ettouati, Jan D. Hirsch, and Jeremiah D. Momper, have developed and established an innovative Masters program in Drug Development and Product Management,, based at UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The case- and project- oriented curriculum builds skills in management, regulatory affairs, and pharmacoeconomics, equipping students to guide drug development projects. Faculty are drawn from industry and academia, and students will engage in industrial internships as part of the program.