Wutoh said the 4,900 square foot, state-of-the-art facility gives the University the ability to conduct drug research and will accelerate the discovery and development of new drugs and drug products.
The center’s five laboratories and other facilities give faculty, students and outside companies the capability to work on every phase of drug development, from working with the raw pharmaceutical ingredients to the manufacture, packaging and labeling of the product.
“Our research facility is an example of the potential in the college,” said Wutoh, who served as associate dean of the School of Pharmacy before the transition.
Construction on the center began in 2007. It was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National center for Research Resources.
Higginbotham also noted that College of Pharmacy was a key player at the recent BIO International Convention, the global biotech convention that drew 15,626 industry leaders to Washington from June 27 to June 30 from 48 states and 65 countries. An estimated 100,000 scientists and others attended the convention.
Howard was the only Washington-area school invited by the U.S. government to meet with Turkish government and academic officials who were interested in developing their own academic training in pharmacy graduate programs as well as their own pharmaceutical industry.
Additionally, the college has HIV training projects in Washington, DC, as well as internationally in Nigeria and East Africa, which includes Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Kenya and southern Sudan. Project coordinator Grace Jennings, Ph.D., oversees the project in Nigeria, and the College of Pharmacy’s Henry Fomundam, Pharm. D., is the regional director for the East Africa project, called “ROADS.”
Wutoh, who also serves as the co-director of the University’s Center of Excellence and director of the Center for Minority Health Services Research, said as dean, he plans to “make sure that we’re positioned as one of the top pharmacy schools in the country in terms of the quality of our education, our research and our service to the community and the nation.”