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The Centre for Drug Research and Development 


2405 Wesbrook Mall, Fourth Floor

Vancouver, B.C.

V6T 1Z3



Fax: 604.827.1299

Member Sector: Academic & Research Institutions


Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is Canada’s national drug development and commercialization engine. We work in partnership with academia, industry, government and foundations, to provide the specialized expertise and infrastructure to identify and de-risk promising discoveries generated by health-related research, and transform them into commercially viable investment opportunities for the private sector – and ultimately into innovative new therapies for patients.

 CDRD was founded in 2007, enabled by the support of the federal government (most notably through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program), the BC provincial government, and the private sector. Now with a proven track record of results, CDRD is firmly positioned as a central leader in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

 CDRD has spun-off 7 companies, cultivated strategic partnerships with over 50 affiliated universities and research institutes, 26 Canadian health sciences SMEs/entrepreneurs, 6 top global pharmaceutical companies, 8 of the world’s leading translational research centres, and 3 patient-focused foundations. Through this extensive network, and relationships with the most influential Key Opinion Leaders, decision makers, and supporters shaping Canadian and global innovation, CDRD brings together the complementary expertise and resources required to proactively find, collaboratively develop, and commercialize disruptive, game-changing technologies certainly for patients, but also for the commercial success of strong new Canadian health sciences anchor companies that will result.


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