About Us

The Center for Drug Discovery (CCD) was established in 2016 to help bridge the so-called “Valley of Death” in drug development.

The goal of the CCD is to translate outstanding research into products that improve the quantity and quality of life.

The Center is anchored in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.

CDD Team

Roland (Ron) Dolle – Director of Chemistry

Dr. Dolle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Ron’s expertise includes  medicinal chemistry and many aspects of drug design and preclinical development. His accomplishments include the advancement of more than a dozen drug candidates into preclinical and clinical studies including at least 7 investigational new drug (IND) applications.

Maxene Ilagan – Director of Biology

Dr. Ilagan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Maxene’s expertise includes the development and optimization of high-throughput screening strategies to study cell-based behaviors as well as enzyme or protein function. She also has experience with screening of small molecule and biologics, including sub- or genome-wide siRNA libraries.

Michael Kinch

Dr. Kinch is an Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Center for Research Innovation in Biotechnology. Michael’s expertise include private sector and academic leadership in drug development coupled with detailed analysis of scientific and business trends in the pharmaceutical and the biotechnology industries.