Deerfield Discovery and Development (3DC)

Researchers at academic institutions discover many of the novel insights that advance our understanding of disease. Commercially promising innovations eventually outgrow the lab, requiring greater resources and more focused development expertise than an academic setting can typically provide. To address this need, Deerfield has pioneered a model of partnership with academic institutions, which creates the potential for rapid funding and advancement of promising therapies. Partner institutions today include: Yeda, the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science; Duke University; Columbia University; Northwestern; Harvard; Vanderbilt; Johns Hopkins; Dana Farber; the Broad Institute; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; University of California-San Diego; and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, Deerfield has a combined association with Rockefeller University, Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through their joint discovery unit, the TDI; and, finally, Deerfield has a project-specific collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Deerfield Discovery and Development (3DC) plays a critical role in progressing early-stage therapeutics from scientific discovery through preclinical proof of concept and into the clinic, via design and execution of relevant experiments. 3DC partners closely with principal investigators in Deerfield’s academic collaboration network, corporate partners and entrepreneurs to provide deep functional expertise and experience across key disciplines. These include:

  • Genetic Assessment and Insights
  • Chemistry
  • In Vitro Pharmacology
  • Translational Biology
  • Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
  • Safety Assessment
  • Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC)
  • Clinical & Regulatory
  • Project Management