University of Dundee

Drug Discovery Unit

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DDU

Team leader – Molecular Interactions (structural biology, biophysics and protein expression)

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) is a global acknowledged centre of excellence for drug discovery. DDU collaborate with global partners to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs to address unmet medical need across our two areas of activity, Diseases of the Developing World and Innovative Targets Portfolio. The DDU has produced 3 clinical candidates since 2013. Our anti-Malaria compound has been taken into First in Human studies by MMV and Merck KGaA.

Funding supports high-growth spinouts

Three spinout projects from the University of Dundee with the potential to deliver significant healthcare benefits have received more than £250,000 from Scottish Enterprise to support their development.

Softech received funding via Scottish Enterprise’s in-year High Growth Spin-out Programme (HGSP) while RNACapRx and Data Driven Health Solutions received support as part of an additional funding package for innovative early stage businesses whose routes to investment and growth have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Junior Data Manager / Data Technician

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

Science Writing Award for Julia Wcislo

Earlier this month, Julia Wcislo was named runner-up in the Medical Research Council’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award at their virtual award ceremony.

Julia, an MRC funded PhD student in Kevin Read’s lab in the Drug Discovery Unit and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, received a runner-up prize of £750 for her article, “The game of hide-and-seek”.

Healthy ageing programme sets sights on improving quality of life in later years

  • National UK SPINE initiative created to help us stay healthy in later years
  • Innovative research aims to target the processes behind ageing rather than treating individual diseases
  • Flagship projects include new pipeline to transform and accelerate development of ageing therapeutics
  • Number of people over 75 in the UK will be one in seven by 2040, with challenges for health and care services alongside opportunities to improve quality of life

Assay Development Scientist (Biochemistry) / Enzymologist: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

COVID Stories: Drug Discovery Unit led contributions to worldwide effort to tackle coronaviruses (Part 3)

Since the end of June, our researchers have been returning to the School of Life Sciences to restart their lab-based research. This work encompasses a diverse range of topics from microbiology to gene regulation and plant sciences to drug discovery. Alongside this, scientists are continuing to contribute to the worldwide efforts to tackle COVID-19. Some projects are progressing while others are just starting up following recent funding awards. What is it like as a scientist working with social distancing and additional measures in place in the research laboratories?

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