• Baker's yeast

    Minnesota Partnership Researchers Uncover Cancer Drug Prospects

    Clues to possible drugs for two rare cancers through research involving baker’s yeast and a library of chemical compounds.

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  • Gunda George

    Gamechanger: Gunda Georg

    Gunda Georg is an esteemed researcher and professor who has made a tremendous impact in the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry.

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    Gunda Georg Inducted into the Academy for Excellence in Health Research

    The Academy for Excellence in Health Research is the highest recognition of excellence in research by Academic Health Center faculty

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  • Gunda Georg, and Vadim JGurvich

    Welcome to the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development

    ITDD creates opportunities for drug discovery and early pre-clinical drug development through collaborations between various schools, colleges and research centers, as well as industrial throughout Minnesota and nationwide.

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    Hormone-Free Birth Control Research Advances

    Researchers will investigate pharmaceutical alternatives to existing hormone-based birth control under a new $8.3M NIH contract.

 The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry publishes studies that contribute to an understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action.

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ITDD faculty involved with NIPTE/NIH Therapeutics For Rare And Neglected Diseases (TRND) Program

In July 2012, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE) signed a contract with SAIC-Frederick, Inc.

Dr. Michael Walters coauthors commentary published in Nature

New Asthma Project Funding from NHLBI

Vadim Gurvich, ITDD Chemical Process Development Core Director, received a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Centers for Advanced Diagnostics and Experimental Therapeutics in Lung Diseases


Gunda GeorgGunda I. Georg, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development
Professor and Department Head, Department of Medicinal Chemistry; Robert Vince Endowed Chair; McKnight Presidential Chair

Dr. Georg’s expertise includes synthetic medicinal agents, natural products chemistry, and the development of new synthetic methods. She is the co-inventor of Lusedra® and several other drug candidates, as well as the co-founder of ProQuest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now a part of Eisai Pharmaceuticals). The ITDD core directors have extensive academic and industrial drug discovery and development expertise. The group uses advanced research and development techniques, including high through-put screening, structure-based drug design, computer modeling, chem- and bioinformatics methods, and animal models to translate basic biomedical discoveries towards new approaches for prevention, treatment, and cures

Vadim GurvichVadim J. Gurvich, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Associate Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development
Director, Chemical Process Development Core

Michael WaltersMichael A. Walters, Ph.D.

Director, Lead and Probe Discovery Core
Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development