Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centers

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2013
  • Initiating Organization: The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD)
  • Initiator Type: Academia
  • No disease focus
  • Location: International


Through this Alliance, member organizations will collaborate on mutually-beneficial projects, share best practices, expertise and resources, and develop common standards and performance measurements – ultimately working together to improve the conversion of global early-stage technology into much needed therapies. All member organizations are fully-integrated translational centres capable of professionally advancing drug discovery projects along the value chain from idea to drug candidate with proof-of-concept.  Together, they represent close to 400 experienced drug developers collaborating with tens of thousands of academic scientists around the globe on over 165 highly innovative therapeutic projects targeting significant unmet medical needs


The aim of this alliance is to strengthen the international academic and/or not-for-profit drug development and commercialization network to ultimately improve the rate at which academic research is translated into new medicines.

Consortium History

Started in 2013

Structure & Governance

The six experienced drug discovery teams coordinate and leverage one another’s strengths.

Points of Contact

Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO of CDRD

Sponsors & Partners

The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), Canada

Lead Discovery Center (LDC), Germany

The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida, United States

The Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), Belgium

Medical Research Council Technology, United Kingdom

Cancer Research Technology, United Kingdom

Last Updated: 06/20/2017

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