What we do

About Us

From target validation to clinical trials

Michigan Drug Discovery is a university-spanning collaboration to find, fund, and mentor drug discovery projects originating from faculty research across a sweeping range of disease areas. We support U-M investigators’ vast experience in areas of unmet medical needs with complementary expertise and technology in every step of the drug discovery process.

MDD staff provide guidance, strategy, and coordination of the university’s full drug discovery resources. We are supported by through an executive committee and an external advisory board representing scientific, medical, and commercialization experts in the field of drug discovery.

  • bacterial and viral infections
  • cardiovascular disease
  • inflammatory disorders
  • oncology
  • ophthalmologic disease
  • metabolic disorders
  • neurodegeneration
  • psychiatric disorders
  • and many more

guidance, strategy, and coordination

What We Offer

Experienced guidance and mentorship through all stages of drug discovery and commercialization.
A one-stop entry point to university resources including:
    • internal funding
    • assay development
    • high-throughput screening
    • medicinal chemistry
    • pharmacokinetics
    • assistance in securing intellectual property
    • guidance through the investigational new drug application process
    • development of clinical trials
    • connections to external partnership opportunities

Funding the future of drug discovery

Michigan Drug Discovery administers two funding mechanisms for drug discovery projects at U-M.

The MDD pilot grants provide a jump start for early stage projects and facilitate access to U-M’s high-throughput screening, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacokinetics cores.

The SPARC-MDD Partnership provides financial support and industry resources to accelerate the development of potential new medicines for a wide range of diseases.

And we’re just one of many internal funding sources for drug discovery projects across the university.

Campus Sponsors

Michigan Drug Discovery is jointly funded by the following U-M partners:

  • College of Pharmacy
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Pathology
  • Life Sciences Institute
  • Medical School Endowment for the Basic Sciences
  • Office of the Provost
  • Rogel Cancer Center