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Release Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 2:57 PM
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Pharmacy School Opens New Center for Drug Research and Development
 
Kola Bowen of the Bennett Group, Dr. Emmanuel Akala, program director of the Center for Drug Research and Develoment; Dr. Anthony Wutoh, associate dean of the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Kristy Woods, associate vice president for Health Sciences, and John Hauser, also of the Bennett Group present the plaque that commemorates the center’s construction.  The Bennett Group constructed the new center.

WASHINGTON – The Howard University School of Pharmacy has unveiled its new Center for Drug Research and Development, a renovated area in the school’s basement level where faculty, students and outside companies can develop new drugs and drug products.

“This is a significant occasion,” said Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, Ph.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  “This allows our faculty to be on the cutting edge of research and allows the school to partner with industry to develop new drugs. 

The initial idea for the facility began in 2004, and actual renovations started in 2007, the dean said.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said, “but it’s here now.”

Emmanuel O. Akala, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Pharmacy, will serve as the program director for the new facility, which was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources.

“The center will strengthen the capacity of the University to conduct drug research and will allow it to establish methods and programs that will accelerate the discovery and development of new drugs,” Akala said.

Along with offering training for Howard’s own student’s and postdoctoral fellows, it will also help develop collaborative postgraduate training programs between Howard and the pharmaceutical industry as well as the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Pharmacopeia, Akala said

The center allows for several aspects of drug development in a spacious, 4,900 square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

Included in the center’s numerous work spaces are a Formulation Laboratory, where active and inactive pharmaceutical ingredients are handled; an Aseptic Laboratory for developing drugs for intravenous use, and a Manufacturing Laboratory, where capsules and tablets are produced. 

The center also contains an Analytical Laboratory to check to insure that products have the correct amount of active ingredients, and a Quality Assurance Laboratory for a final check of the products and packaging area, where drugs will be packaged and labeled.

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Pharmacy, said the center now places the school among the top tier of pharmacy schools nationwide.

“This facility places us among the very few colleges of pharmacy nationwide that have the capacity to conduct small-scale drug development, conduct clinical trials, and collaborate on a full basis with partners in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries,” Wutoh said.

Dr. Anthony Wutoh, associate dean of the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Emmanuel Akala, program director of the Center for Drug Research and Develoment, Dr. Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and Dr. Kristy Woods, associate vice president for Health Sciences, cut the ribbon on the new facility


“Additionally, opportunities for collaboration with Howard researchers throughout the Health Sciences enterprise and the entire academic community are enhanced exponentially.  We look forward to moving into a new era of collaborative research with this facility.”


   
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