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URMC and Temple announce drug discovery partnership
Date:8/18/2011

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Temple University School of Pharmacy have announced a partnership that will help translate novel medical research into new drugs for treating diseases.

"This is a perfect marriage of the world class drug discovery and medicinal chemistry programs of Temple University with the strong biomedical expertise of URMC and its faculty," said Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D., chair of the URMC Department of Microbiology and Immunology. "I am excited by the opportunities this creates to explore innovative therapeutic approaches and targets."

"We are pleased and excited to establish this relationship with the University of Rochester Medical Center and its scientists and faculty," said Magid Abou-Gharbia, Ph.D., Director of Temple University's Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research, based at the School of Pharmacy. "The disease program areas of URMC overlap significantly with those of the Moulder Center. The two organizations bring complementary experience and skills to the table and the combination of the two will undoubtedly lead to many new drug discovery projects and increase the chances of identifying new drugs for treating unmet medical needs."

Abou-Gharbia who previously worked as senior vice president of Discovery Research at Wyeth for 26 years has led the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research since its creation in 2008. The Center, which is located at Temple University in Philadelphia, is home to a unique, state-of-the-art laboratory that brings together pharmaceutical talent, instrumentation, and software to create one of the nation's top centers for integrated drug research.

The partnership reflects a growing trend in medical research in which academic institutions have become more directly involved in the drug discovery process, a role that has historically been filled by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. As drug companies cut back on in-house researc
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Contact: Mark Michaud
mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu
585-273-4790
University of Rochester Medical Center
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