Transforming Discovery into Opportunity

Key Achievements

CDRD Key Achievements to Date

Since becoming fully operational in 2008, CDRD has already achieved a number of key milestones and outcomes, making a significant impact on Canada’s drug development environment.

 Highlights of outcomes to date…

  • 1,052 drug development projects evaluated
  • 828 potential projects / technologies reviewed
  • 209 projects undertaken (on 134 distinct technologies)
  • 56 projects advanced towards commercialization and/or commercialized (51 ongoing)
  • 14 technologies out-licensed to the private sector or under current development / management
  • 7 spin-off companies launched
  • Over 50 affiliated and partner institutions
  • 33 new patent families supported with CDRD data
  • 29 collaborations on scientific publications
  • $98 million in grant funding facilitated for PIs and their CDRD-related projects
  • Over $60 million in international pharmaceutical sector investment attracted
  • $220 million in incremental commercially-focused health research being conducted as result of CDRD
  • 168 Post Doctoral Fellows, co-op students and interns through the CDRD Training Program
  • Over 300 hours in drug development and commercialization training offered.


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