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Government and Academic Research Alliances

Creating Partnerships in Research

The Office supports research alliances at the University of Rochester, a leader and innovator in basic, translational, and clinical research and technology development.

Empire Discovery Institute

University of Rochester, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center have joined together to form a powerful new drug discovery partnership that aims to convert the institutions’ scientific breakthroughs into viable pharmaceuticals for commercialization and strengthen the region as a hub for life sciences research and development.

The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) is a not-for-profit drug discovery and development collaborative between three premiere Upstate New York academic, research, and clinical institutions—the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo, and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to advance drug discovery throughout New York State.

The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI) represents a transformative approach to drug discovery and development. It sources innovative, commercially attractive drug discovery programs from its three collaborating academic centers (the University of Rochester, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to address critical, unmet needs for patients. This new enterprise has been established with an initial grant and investment commitment of $35.4M over the next five years from the New York State Life Science Initiative.

Roswell Park and URMC to Create $19 Million Research Program Focused on Flavored Tobacco.

The WNY Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products, or CRoFT, will unite teams from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center in an effort to better document and understand one of the fastest-growing trends in tobacco use. This CRoFT team will pursue projects in four main areas:

  • Assessing Flavorant Toxicity
  • Characterizing Flavors and Their Impact on Behavior
  • Determining Respiratory health Effects of Flavors
  • Evaluating the Effects of Product Marketing

You can read more about this Research Program here.

The 2018 "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Student Competition

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the first place winner, Xiaowen (Cindy) Wang, M.S., presented her project entitled, "Dr. Data" to the FDA on April 26th. Her project proposes a drug repurposing database that could help identify new uses of FDA-approved drugs. This project supports two of FDA's priority areas of (1) Harnessing Diverse Data through Information Sciences to Improve Health Outcomes and (2) Stimulating Innovation in Clinical Evaluations and Personalized Medicine to improve Product Development and Patient Outcomes. To learn more about this project see the article, "UR CTSI Regulatory Science Competition winner Visits the FDA".

Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Science

The Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Science is a multidisciplinary, cross-departmental graduate credential administered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. It is designed to produce highly trained professionals able to contribute to the development of new medical interventions by enhancing innovation, efficiency, and quality of the medical product development pipeline.

URBEST: The University of Rochester BEST Training Program for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees

The University of Rochester (UR) has a training program sponsored by the NIH to support PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their career and professional development. The URBEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) program includes instruction in leadership and professionalism, internship opportunities and training pathways in industry, manufacturing and entrepreneurship; regulatory affairs, compliance and review; and science and technology policy. For more information, please visit: URBEST program.

For those interested in the science and technology policy pathway, please contact Scott Steele, Ph.D..

Data Science

One of the emerging disciplines of the 21st century, Data Science is the creation and application of powerful new methods to collect, curate, analyse, and make discoveries from large-scale data. The university has created a The Goergen Institute for Data Science to serve as a university-wide hub for data science-related research and educational programs, while further facilitating collaborations through a new state-of-the-art facility as a home for data science.

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