Drug discovery and development is not a solo effort. The IDBI seeks collaborations with both academia and industry, and is open to discussions with industry around many models of research sponsorship and/or collaboration.


Collaborative & Sponsored Research

The IDBI encourages its members to explore collaborative research programs with industry sponsors that advance our mission of drug discovery and development to benefit humanity. Brief descriptions of individual Investigator research programs are available under the Research tab of this website.

To obtain non-confidential research summaries for an Investigator, to discuss your interests with a PI, or to inquire about ongoing research in specific areas of interest, please contact Jaffre Athman, Director of Business Development, idbi@slu.edu. Conversations can also be initiated directly with a PI of interest.


ADMEPK & Laboratory Services

The IDBI operates a centralized ADME/PK laboratory to perform critical steps in the drug development pathway. The ADME/PK laboratory service is also available to industry and outside academic users. The ADME/PK service includes LCMS analysis, in vitro ADME Assays (PPB-Plasma Protein Binding, Liver Microsome Metabolism, hepatocyte stability, PAMPA, CACO2 permeability, MDR transport), and in vivo murine PK studies. The experts of the core can also provide expert consultations on assay development and analysis. The IDBI ADMEPK service prioritizes research being done by its members, inquiries on availability of these services for industry are welcome and accommodated as scheduling permits. More information for the ADME/PK Service can be found here. Inquiries on laboratory services can be made to Dave Griggs, IDBI ADME/PK Core Director, drugdiscovery@slu.edu.

In addition to the ADMEPK Service, IDBI members perform valuable assays within their personal laboratories for their collaborators and colleagues. While targeted to those within the University, these investigators may be open to sharing their assays externally. A list of assays can be found on the Laboratory Assays section of the IDBI ADME/PK Page, and inquiries sent to drugdiscovery@slu.edu.


University Resources of Note

The SLU Clinical Trials Office (CTO) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) are part of a robust research and compliance infrastructure which protects rights and welfare of study participants. The CTO provides centralized management and oversight of industry-sponsored trials including Medicare Coverage Analysis, study budget development and negotiations, research billing and auditing, facilitation of contracts, and operation of Clinical Conductor its clinical trials management system.


The SLU Research Innovation Group (RIG) works proactively with strategic and startup licensees to commercialize SLU Intellectual Property (IP) and to expedite development of sponsored research agreements and contracts. RIG offices are located at the COLLAB university-industry site in Cortex.


Saint Louis University Cores provide expert service and support to researchers within and external to the University. An overview of Cores and links to individual cores can be found on theĀ Saint Louis University School of Medicine Research Cores page here.