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UI Center for Advanced Drug Development celebrates five years

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for Advanced Drug Development (CADD), a division of the UI College of Pharmacy, will mark its five-year anniversary in November.

Based at the Oakdale Campus, the CADD was established in 1992 as a result of an Iowa Economic Development initiative to perform a wide range of tests to obtain data for new and old drug substances and formulations. The center's services are geared to benefit pharmaceutical companies, veterinary pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, medical departments and governmental agencies. The CADD has performed $1 million in services for 30 clients, including pharmaceutical companies based in Iowa.

The CADD uses state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation to perform drug analysis. The majority of the instruments are computer-interfaced with the most recent software available, and the instrumentation and software are validated to ensure accurate performance.

Due to an increase in its analytical projects, the CADD has twice renovated its Oakdale facility, providing 2,800 square feet of laboratory and office space. Current staff includes seven full-time employees, along with UI students in the sciences who work on a part-time, temporary basis. College of Pharmacy graduate students and CADD staff have collaborated to present research posters at three American Association of Pharmaceutical Science meetings.

The CADD, along with other UI departments, assists pharmaceutical companies in every phase of drug discovery and pharmaceutical development, including meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices. The College of Pharmacy's Division of Pharmaceutical Service, the largest and most experienced university-affiliated, FDA-registered drug manufacturing facility in the U.S., provides clinical manufacturing capabilities.

For more information on the CADD, visit the center's World Wide Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cadd, or email Dr. Alta Botha, CADD director, at alta-botha@uiowa.edu or Dr. Rolland Poust, director of the UI College of Pharmacy Division of Pharmaceutical Service, at rolland-poust@uiowa.edu.

10/21/97