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University of Illinois Collaborative Engagement in Novel Therapeutic Research and Enterprise: UICentre


UICentre is the campus-wide drug discovery initiative at UIC that utilizes existing resources to leverage the expertise of scientist and clinician teams across campus in collaborative engagement in translational research in drug discovery and development.UICentre’s mission is transformative: to use cultural, technical and educational resources at UIC to overcome the obstacles to translational drug discovery.

The expertise of UICentre ranges from target validation and bioassay development to high-throughput screening analysis of novel compound libraries to medicinal chemistry incorporating structure-based, ligand-based and chemo-proteomics assisted drug design, in addition to pre-clinical drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies.

Specifically, UICentre seeks to create and support multidisciplinary collaborations that transform basic science projects into team-based drug discovery initiatives at UIC and across the Chicagoland academic community with the long-term objective of improving human health by creating novel drug candidates that can be translated into commercialized therapeutics.

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