The mission of the CDD is to discover new drug treatments and diagnostic tools using integrated sciences to improve the health care of our patients. The CDD will focus on 1) identifying and synthesizing candidate drug compounds for selected molecular targets, 2) validating targets/ compounds in cell models and pre-clinical studies, and 3) providing supporting experiments, large scale synthesis and consultation for each candidate molecule for submission of an investigational new drug (IND) application. Together with strong strategic partnerships with industry and governmental agencies, we look forward to a successful future.