UF Drug Discovery

Instituted in 2013, the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3) is housed in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is strategically complemented by affiliated faculty from the different colleges and departments across the university.


D3 Platform

The chemical focus of the CNPD3 is on unique natural products, and the goal is to fully exploit the biosynthetic and therapeutic potential of untapped biodiversity for drug discovery. Candidate compounds are investigated for further development through interactive chemistry and pharmacology efforts. The center embraces all aspects of natural products research from discovery, biosynthesis and chemical synthesis, assay development, screening and target identification to drug development.

D3 Platform Update


A New Wave of MEDICINE

Dr. Hendrik Luesch

Answering the Call

In an ocean of possibilities, Dr. Hendrik Luesch is answering the call to make the next great drug discovery. His work takes him below the surface of the sea, where new medicines harbor hope for a healthier tomorrow.

Luesch Landing Page Play Video

CNPD3 Seminar series