Transforming Discovery into Opportunity

CDRD Launches New Program to Support Young Canadian Drug Developers and Entrepreneurs

August 15th, 2013 — Vancouver, British Columbia: The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is pleased to announce the launch of their innovative “Entrepreneurial Fellowship in Drug Development” competition.  This pilot program will provide outstanding, young entrepreneurial scientists from across Canada a unique opportunity to develop their high-caliber pre-clinical drug development technologies towards commercialization.

The aim of this program is to provide an exclusive platform for young scientific entrepreneurs across Canada to progress their health technologies through the pre-clinical drug development stages with the support of a full complement of scientific- and business-oriented mentorship and infrastructure. Successful candidates will receive a full-time competitive, Post-Doctoral-level remuneration package for up to two years as they drive their technology through pre-clinical development across CDRD’s scientific divisions. CDRD is now seeking Letters of Intent from interested applicants.  For more information on the program, including eligibility criteria, please click here.

CDRD’s President and CEO, Karimah Es Sabar commented, “CDRD has a vision to transform the culture of scientific innovation and commercialization impacting human health, and The Entrepreneurial Fellowship in Drug Development program draws upon Canada’s young innovators to play a part in realizing that vision. It will provide an important new avenue to develop early-stage cutting-edge drug discoveries, and more fully support Canada’s outstanding pool of young scientific and entrepreneurial talent in seeing their ideas and technologies developed into potential new therapies,” said Ms. Es Sabar.

Dr. T. Michael Underhill, Interim Scientific Director at CDRD added, “Ultimately, all stakeholders in this program will benefit immensely, as we nurture scientific entrepreneurship and commercialization.  We recognize that graduate and post-graduate students are great contributors to today’s innovation, and as such, we are very excited to offer this new program that will source and nurture such science and talent of PhD fellows from Canadian universities.”

“Successful candidates will be part of our multi-faceted Drug Development Training Program at CDRD which offers an excellent platform for young researchers to transition from the academic to the industrial world. Our innovative Training Program is a pillar of CDRD’s mandate, and offers Canada’s emerging health research talent hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs complemented by scientific and business workshops – ultimately creating future leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry,” concluded CDRD’s Training Manager, Dr. Brian Duff.

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About CDRD
CDRD is Canada’s fully-integrated national drug development and commercialization centre, providing expertise and infrastructure to enable researchers from leading health research institutions to advance promising early-stage drug candidates. Its mandate is to de-risk discoveries stemming from publicly-funded health research and transform them into viable investment opportunities for the private sector — thus successfully bridging the commercialization gap between academia and industry, and translating research discoveries into new therapies for patients. Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Program has recognized CDRD as a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR).

For additional information, please contact:
Barry Gee
Director, Communications


Dr. Brian Duff
Manager, Training

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