Committee for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD)

The goal of the Committee for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD) is to identify, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products by forming networks and fostering dialogue between University of Minnesota researchers and industry experts.

The CPD aims to boost the success rate of therapeutic development and commercialization.

The CPD includes University staff and external advisors with proven drug-development experience.

Funded technologies will have demonstrated persuasive indicators of commercial success and will show potential for improving human health.

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Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Learn more about the types of projects we prioritize

Please contact the Program Manager, Brittni Peterson, at with any questions.



Li Ou, PhD and Chester Whitley, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics,

Project title: A novel gene editing platform to treat Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases


James M. Ervasti, PhD, and David D. Thomas, PhD, and Joseph M. Muretta, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Medical School

Project title: Mini-/Micro-Dystrophin Actin Binding Domain 1 Gain-of-Affinity

Sandra Armstrong, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Project title: Developing improved pertussis vaccines

Ronald Siegel, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutics and James Cloyd, PhD, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

Project title: Development of a Prodrug/Enzyme Nasal Spray for Rapid Delivery of Diazepam for Treatment of Seizure Emergencies


Jon Hawkinson, PhD, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development

Project title: Critical path studies to nominate BINTA as a preclinical development candidate to treat chronic pain devoid of opioid side effect liability


George Wilcox, Daniel Bruce, Philip Portoghese, and Carolyn Fairbanks

Project title: Peripherally restricted combination therapy for inflammatory or cancer-related chronic pain


Gwenyth Fischer, MD, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics

Project title: Epinephrine Drug-delivery Device for use in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest

Amber Lockridge, Medical School, Department of Neuroscience

Project title: The Use of D-serine as a Novel Insulin Secretagogue and Oral Antidiabetic


Gregory Beilman, MD, Medical School, Department of Surgery

Project title: Beta-hydroxybutyrate/melatonin (BHB/M) for the Treatment of Trauma-induced Acute Blood Loss

Lester Drewes, PhD, Medical School, Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Venkatram Mereddy, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Project title: Development of Novel Drugs for High Risk Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatment

Jayanth Panyam, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics

Project title: Antibody Targeting Metastases in triple Negative Breast Cancer


Jayanth Panyam, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics

Project title: Surface Functionalized Nanoparticles for Improved Chemotherapeutic Efficacy

Jayanth Panyam, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics

Project title: Silicate Prodrug Nanoparticles of Paclitaxel

Chun Wang, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Project title: Semi-solid Polymer Delivery Systems for Immunotherapy against Melanoma


Daniel Vallera, PhD, Medical School, Department of Radiation Oncology

Project title: Developing Biological Drugs Targeting Chemo-Refractory Carcinoma

Carston R. Wagner, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Project title: In vivo Proof-of-Concept Studies on Chemically Self Assembled Nanostructures (CSANS) as Targeted Diagnostic Imaging and Drug Delivery agents for Brain Cancer

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Brittni Peterson, PhD
Program/Project Manager
Office of Discovery and Translation

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