Centre for Drug Research USM

Drug Discovery & Development

In the area of drug discovery and development, active research is being conducted to find and develop lead compounds either from natural sources or chemically synthesized analogues.

We have research groups which focuses on the discovery of bioactive compounds from plants which involves extraction, purification and isolation technology leading to structure elucidation and characterization of the pure compounds. The targeted diseases include addiction, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases.

At CDR, we also have an expert in computer-aided drug design and synthesis. Discovery of potential compounds from natural sources can be further improved and refined to increase the potential to be developed as pharmaceuticals/nutraceuticals.

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Centre for Drug Research,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel : +604-658 3444/ +604-653 3888 Ext. 3272  |   Faks : +604-656 8669
E-mail :  dir_cdr@usm.my