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Drug Discovery Initiative

Innovative drug discovery to support better health outcomes
A dynamic and interdisciplinary network that brings together the best people, technologies and tools to enable early stage drug discovery research.

The Drug Discovery Initaitive brings together collective experience from across the University to identify novel therapeutic targets, delivery mechanisms, and bioactive molecules with high potential for industry uptake and clinical translation.

Our people

Academic Director
Professor Michael Kassiou
Phone: +61 2 9351 2745

Executive Officer
Anna Renfrew
Phone: +61 2 9114 4246

Communications Officer
Anastasia Shavrova

The DDI works closely with a number of Centres, Networks and Schools, each with representation on our Steering Group.


Our Director

The Drug Discovery Initiative is led by its Academic Director, Prof Michael Kassiou. Michael is currently a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. He has been awarded several prizes including the Adrien Albert Award in Medicinal Chemistry and the RACI Applied Research Medal in 2020, and is Chief Editor for the journal Frontiers in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Associate Editor for ACS Chemical Neuroscience.