Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada
Government of Canada

Common menu bar links

Centre for Drug Research and Development - CDRD

$23 million for 2008-18
About   |   News   |   Features   |   Videos
Centre for Drug Research and Development

Number of partners
35

Partner contributions
$85.9 million

Headquarters
Vancouver, British Columbia

President and CEO
Gordon C. McCauley Gordon C. McCauley

Board chair
Don Avison Don Avison
Former President, University Presidents’ Council of BC

Canadian model speeds development of new drugs


The opportunity

Developing new drugs is a long, complex and expensive process. In Canada, one of the greatest challenges facing the development and commercialization of novel health technologies coming out of Canada’s universities and research hospitals is a dearth of venture capital. A Vancouver-headquartered, nationally-mandated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) has made great strides in pre-validating and de-risking many of these publicly funded discoveries to create viable investment opportunities for the private sector. This innovative model is accelerating the commercialization of medical innovations that will improve health care delivery and patient care in Canada and abroad.

How CDRD is seizing the opportunity

The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is the only fully-integrated centre of its kind in Canada — and one of a handful in the world — with the full expertise and infrastructure to source, evaluate, develop and commercialize both small molecule and biologic innovative technologies across broad therapeutic areas. In addition to being a technology incubator and creating spin-off companies based on promising academic research from across the country, CDRD is also an accelerator that supports scale-up companies in moving discoveries through pre-clinical stages.

Among the results

  • CDRD has evaluated more than 1,400 technologies for their commercial and therapeutic potential. Of those, 269 were incubated within CDRD and 58 were successfully advanced towards commercialization, generating 72 patents.
  • CDRD has spun-off seven new companies, including Zucara Therapeutics, which is developing a novel technology to prevent hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes, and Sitka Biopharma Inc., which is improving chemotherapy drug absorption with its patented polymeric nanoparticle platform technology.
  • CDRD spin-off company Kairos Therapeutics merged with Zymeworks Inc., creating one of the industry’s leading biotherapeutics companies that is developing antibody drug conjugates for improved oncology treatments.
  • CDRD expanded its global industry partnership portfolio with the addition of AstraZeneca. The agreement provides unique resources that will allow CDRD to provide validation and screening for novel drug targets.

Connect with CDRD

 

News
September 29, 2016
October 6, 2014
Features
Building Canada's Strengths: Drug Discovery and Commercialization
April 17, 2014
Developing new drugs is a long, complex and expensive process. The NCE supports several models that are helping reduce the risk and accelerate the commercialization of medical innovations that will improve health-care delivery and patient care in Canada and abroad. Read more
Canadian model boosts industry support for drug development
October 3, 2013
A dearth of venture capital is one of the greatest challenges facing the development and commercialization of novel health technologies coming out of Canada’s universities and research hospitals. A Vancouver-headquartered, nationally-mandated CECR has made great strides in just over five years to pre-validate and de-risk many of these academic discoveries-enhancing industry’s ability to invest. Now, some of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies are stepping up to help take these projects to the next stage. Read more
Videos
Watch Video
Transforming drug research and development in BC
November 23, 2016
Watch Video
Welcome to CDRD
February 17, 2016
Watch Video
Welcome to CDRD and CDRD Ventures
June 16, 2015
Watch Video
Video Series: Life as a Co-Op student at CDRD
May 7, 2014
Watch Video
Video Series: Life as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CDRD
May 7, 2014
Watch Video
Video Series: Life as a Trainee at CDRD Ventures Inc.
May 7, 2014
Watch Video
Video Series: Life as a Post-Doc at CDRD: Medicinal Chemistry
May 7, 2014