Drug Discovery Committee

The Drug Discovery Committee (DDC) reviews applications for biotherapeutic and small molecule drug discovery research, and manages our strategic goals in the area of drug discovery.

The DDC funds and oversees Programme and Project Awards for biotherapeutics and small molecule cancer drug discovery, from target identification through to early preclinical studies. The DDC also oversees our Drug Discovery Units (DDUs) and translational research alliances.

The DDC meets twice a year, funding Project Awards in May and November and Programme Awards at the May meeting.

Funding Schemes

Biotherapeutic Drug Discovery Programme Awards provide 5 years of support, and will be awarded to outstanding individuals with an established scientific track record to support the discovery and development of novel biological therapeutic agents.

Biotherapeutic Drug Discovery Project Awards provide short-term funding support for applications on therapeutic discovery and development approaches that are derived from biological sources such as antibody and cell based therapeutics.

Small Molecule Drug Discovery Project Awards support the identification and validation of novel therapeutic targets and the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutic agents, and are typically held for 2 years.

How proposals are judged

The DDC funds Project and Programme Awards that support milestone driven research, with the aim of developing new preventative or therapeutic entities. Applications are judged on the basis of their scientific excellence and strategic importance.

Chair of the Drug Discovery Committee

Professor Stephen Frye – UNC-Chapel Hill, USA

Vice Chair of the Drug Discovery Committee

Professor Justin Bryans – Medical Research Council Technology

Members of the Drug Discovery Committee

Professor Julian Blagg – The Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Martin Drysdale – Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute

Professor Martin Glennie – University of Southampton

Professor Adrian Harris – University of Oxford

Professor Peter Johnson – Cancer Research UK Chief Clinician

Dr Donald Ogilvie – Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

Dr Hamish Ryder – Cancer Research Technology – Discovery Laboratories

Dr Dennis Smith – Independent

Dr John Tite – Independent

Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck – University College London

Professor Karen Vousden – Cancer Research UK Chief Scientist

Professor Steve Wedge – Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Professor Paul Wyatt – University of Dundee

Chair of the Biotherapeutics Expert Review Panel

Dr John Tite – Independent

Vice Chair of the Biotherapeutics Expert Review Panel

Professor Martin Glennie – University of Southampton

Members of the Biotherapeutics Expert Review Panel

Professor Tim Illidge – University of Manchester

Dr Mark Lowdell – University College London

Dr Stephen Martin – GlaxoSmithKline

Professor Alan Melcher – University of Leeds

Professor Rienk Offringa – DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany

Professor Ben Willcox – University of Birmingham

Dr Gerald Willimsky – Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Chair of the Small Molecule Expert Review Panel

Dr ​Dennis Smith – Independent

Vice-chair of the Small Molecule Expert Review Panel

Professor Steve Wedge – Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Members of the Small Molecule Expert Review Panel

Dr Udai Banerji – The Institute of Cancer Research

Dr Justin Bower – CRUK Beatson Institute

Professor Neil Carragher – University of Edinburgh

Professor Ian Collins – The Institute of Cancer Research

Dr Mathew Garnett – Sanger Institute

Dr Allan Jordan – Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

Dr Anderson Ryan – University of Oxford

Professor Simon Ward – University of Sussex

Contact for this committee

DrugDiscovery.Committee@cancer.org.uk

Grants Helpline: 0203 469 5452

Our drug discovery infrastructure

To support our investigator-led drug discovery research we have made extensive investment in infrastructure for biotherapeutic and small molecule drug discovery.

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