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Pfizer gives $2M more funding to BC drug research centre


Vancouver, BC – Pharma company Pfizer Canada says it has increased its initial commitment of $1 million by an additional $2 million to the “Pfizer-CDRD Innovation Fund” at the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) to fast-track the commercialization of some of BC’s most promising research. The Innovation Fund, now totaling $3 million, is already supporting six scientific opportunities with promising commercialization potential in the areas of cancer and diabetic ulcer healing.

The Pfizer-CDRD Innovation Fund, launched last year, is a public-private partnership and Pfizer is the first international research-based pharmaceutical company to establish an innovation fund at the centre. The fund’s purpose is to advance commercialization opportunities that could result in high-value medicines to create new companies or licensing opportunities.

“In these challenging economic times, the importance of enhancing Canada’s scientific research community is critical, and advancing R&D is the best way to bolster our country’s competitiveness,” said Paul Lévesque, president and CEO, Pfizer Canada. “CDRD builds on the strength of hundreds of researchers and applies business discipline and scientific rigor to select promising technologies for development, giving Canada and British Columbia a leading edge towards a prosperous knowledge-based economy.”

To obtain funding from the Pfizer-CDRD Innovation Fund, CDRD projects undergo rigorous review by an expert committee and are evaluated on the following criteria:

– The overall value of the project;
– The incremental benefit/value added to the project by the fund;
– The quality of the plan and the achievability of the milestones; and
– The potential return on the investment.

“We believe that this unique collaboration with Pfizer serves as a model for the future of early drug development work in Canada and beyond,” said Natalie Dakers, president and CEO at CDRD. “Multi-national companies like Pfizer are looking to CDRD as a gateway to top notch research from BC’s academic and health research organizations. Not only do we identify commercially promising research, we also provide the expertise and infrastructure that enables researchers to focus on developing promising discoveries.”