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March 18, 2014

Purdue, Houston Methodist partner to take drug discoveries from the 'bench top to the bedside'

WEST LAFAYETTE —Purdue University and Houston Methodist Research Institute plan to collaborate on research and educational initiatives, including clinical trials of drugs developed at Purdue.

The partnership helps to advance the Purdue Moves drug discovery initiative to translate basic research into life-changing treatments.

“Drug discovery is a top priority at Purdue because of our proven strength in this area and because it is an area in which great breakthroughs will truly change the world,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Purdue has a tremendous basic research capability, but we do not have a medical school. We need partners to translate our discoveries into new medicines and new technologies that save and improve lives. It is a great affirmation of the work done at Purdue that one of the preeminent research hospitals in the world has chosen to partner with us.”

Daniels met with Mauro Ferrari, the president and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute, on Wednesday (March 12) to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. Philip Low, Purdue’s Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and inaugural director of the Purdue Center for Drug Discovery, also attended the meeting.

Houston Methodist is one of the top clinical trial hospitals in the world and has built infrastructure that quickly brings innovations to the clinic, Low said.

“They know exactly how to bring a drug from the bench top to the bedside and, so, with the strengths that we have at Purdue in discovering new drugs, Houston Methodist makes an ideal partner to really complete the entire journey from discovery to delivery,” he said.

The collaboration will make Houston Methodist’s infrastructure available to Purdue researchers in the same way it would be available to the institute’s own faculty, Ferrari said.

Houston Methodist is focused on the delivery of health care and translating discoveries into solutions in the clinic, and looks for the best possible pipelines of discoveries coming from the academic research world, he said.

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