• Photo by Greta Kaul
    Photo by Greta Kaul

    Patently lucrative: the intellectual property that makes big money for the U

    Compounds developed in Robert Vince’s University of Minnesota lab to combat the HIV virus made the University more than $600 million dollars. Read More

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    Prof Salomon helps Bell Museum conceptualize an interactive exhibit

    Prof. Christine Salomon worked with staff from the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota to help conceptualize an interactive exhibit in the Solutions Studio. One of the goals was to engage the public with the creativity and engineering needed to do scientific field research. In the "Stretch your thinking" exhibit, visitors are challenged to think about how to develop a sampling device to reach distant surfaces, much like these researchers need to swab bats that are high up on cave ceilings. See More

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    Seeing Alzheimer's disease

    A retinal scan technique, developed by researchers in the University’s Center for Drug Design (CDD), has the potential to detect AD in its early stages, when treatment may still be possible, and also to allow doctors to trace the progress of treatments and help the 100,000 Minnesotans with AD and their families. Read More

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    Photo by Ananya Mishra

    UMN technology will aid Alzheimer's detection

    New technology — created by Profs Robert Vince and Swati More from the Center for Drug Design — uses a camera to collect images of light interacting with the retina, which can show the early presence of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read full article on Minnesota Daily: Click Here

Message from the Director

Robert Vince

Robert Vince, PhD

The Center for Drug Design (CDD) was created to combine research and scholarship leading to the development of novel drugs for therapeutic applications, such as HIV, cancer, neurological diseases, dermatological agents, infectious diseases, novel processes, and medical devices. The Center for Drug Design combines the best of academic tradition along with an expectation of innovation and independence, and provides significant value  for our academic and research community.

Research Spotlight


ProteXadine: UV Protection and UV Damage Repair with Anti-aging Benefits

ProteXadine is a “dual-acting” cosmetic ingredient that provides both “UV protection and DNA repair” resulting in anti-skin aging benefits associated with these activities. Read More

Meet the Team:
Robert Vince, PhD (Director, Center for Drug Design)
Abbas Raza, PhD (Research Assistant Professor, Center for Drug Design)
Christine Dreis (Senior Scientist, Center for Drug Design)
Jaime Nugent (Senior Scientist, Center for Drug Design)

Detecting Alzheimer's with an Eye Exam: Video

Detecting Alzheimer's with an Eye Exam