Partnership Opportunities

Working with the ACDD: Industry Partners

The Arizona Center for Drug Discovery works with UArizona Investigators to progress their drug discovery projects and to establish connections with external partners to advance drug discovery throughout the state, by translating current research into commercializable opportunities. Industry partners can work with the ACDD to match their interests with work being done in labs across campus. UArizona investigators have deep biology expertise and work in a broad range of therapeutic areas across therapeutic modalities including:

  • Oncology
  • Antiviral
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases

Working with the ACDD: Researchers

All UArizona researchers are eligible to partner with the ACDD. The Center is able to provide guidance and resources regardless of what drug discovery stage you are in. 

How to work with ACDD?
If you think the ACDD may be the right partner for you, reach out to the ACDD directors via email at Co-directors, Celina Zerbinatti, PhD, (Assay Development & Screening), and Wei Wang, PhD, (Medicinal Chemistry), will schedule an introductory meeting with you to assess the project’s stage and needs, and to identify the right support from the ACDD core team.  The core team also reviews drug discovery projects monthly and provides feedback and guidance on target validation and screening strategy, and works with PIs on HTS assay development and optimization.

Working with the ACDD is a partnership, we ask that each researcher also view and agree to our PI agreement when they begin a project with us.  

The ACDD has also partnered with the University of Arizona Cancer Center to created a dedicated pathway for cancer drug discovery researchers.

  • Cancer Drug Discovery Panel
    • Hosted by the ACDD and leadership from the UA Cancer Center
    • Reviews cancer-specific projecs bi-monthly
    • Identifies projects that are aligned with UACC priorities to receive pilot funding for assay development and screening with ACDD
    • ACDD Core Team makes recommendations and UACC director approves


If you would like to learn more about drug discovery research at the University of Arizona, obtain a comprehensive pipeline overview, or explore a particular project opportunity, please contact us:


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