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Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Target Research and Drug Screening

 

Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Target Research and Drug Screening was approved in 2011 and was established based on the National Center for Pharmaceutical Screening of the Institute of Materia Medica, belonging to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College. There are 21 research fellows working in the Key Laboratory, 12 of which are faculty members. Among the research fellows, 18 have doctoral degrees, 13 have senior professional titles, 5 have intermediate titles, and 8 are Ph.D. supervisors. 12 Ph.D. students and 10 Master students are currently being trained in the Key Laboratory.
The key laboratory development objectives are to establish novel strategies on drug target research and drug screening systems, and to promote innovative drug development in China. The Center focuses on the demands of China's social and pharmaceutical develop-ment, aims at the international front edge research of new drug development, and works with the bio-pharmaceutical industry in China to find treatments for diseases that seriously en-danger human health. To do this, it centers on drug target discovery and validation, carrying out theoretical studies of drug discovery, and establishing high-throughput drug screening models at both molecular and cellular levels. The main task of the Laboratory is to combine modern drug discovery techniques to carry out innovative drug screening.
The key laboratory mainly engages in research of disease-related drug targets, establishment of drug screening models, and the theoretical and technological studies of drug screening and discovery. It also provides technical support for the development of Beijing’s pharma-ceutical industry as well as new drug research and development in China. In 2012, more than 50 papers were published, 22 patents were applied for, and three patents were granted in the Key Laboratory. Based on a number of outstanding contributions, the Key Laboratory also won a second tier prize, the “Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award,” from the Ministry of Education in 2012.