Skip to main content
Scientist viewing brain scan

Institute for Drug Development

As one of the leading drug discovery programs in the country, we pioneer cancer treatments for you and your loved ones.
General Page Main Content

Our research

Our research spans from pre-clinical discoveries to obtaining FDA approval for new anti-cancer agents we developed. With more than 20 approved cancer drugs already discovered and as many as 50 in testing at any one time, our researchers are working tirelessly to reduce the persistence of cancer and expand your cancer treatment options.

About us

We provide quality research services to our NCI-designated cancer center investigators and conduct direct collaborations with colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry and other academic institutions. We assist cancer center members as well as companies with Federal Drug Administration pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) meetings, designing Investigational New Drug-enabling studies, as well as with writing and submitting the Investigational New Drug application to the Federal Drug Administration. The Institute for Drug Development also has experience with writing New Drug Applications (NDAs), as well as presenting data to the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) to the Federal Drug Administration.

Our funding

We are funded by NCI grants, other public and private grants and pharmaceutical industry contracts.

We are an academic, nonprofit research organization. We are organized and managed along standard business lines, which means we understand timelines and cost control, as well as the importance of accurate, quality-assured data, dedicated investigators and proprietary issues such as protection of confidential information and intellectual property rights.

Fast facts

  • More than 20 new FDA-approved cancer drugs developed at the preclinical and clinical stages
  • More than 1,400 patients enrolled in early phase clinical trials since 2008
  • Holds 10 Investigational New Drug applications for early phase clinical trials
  • Phase 1 trial location for more than 47 counties in South Texas

Our Research, Fellowship, and Clinical Trials