Mission: To provide service to the scientific community, such as by workplace re-entry assistance for displaced researchers in the pharma/biotech industry, networking activities, and support of entrepreneurship


Board of Directors: Allen B. Reitz, Ph.D., President (Founding Member); Joseph F. Aceto, Ph.D., Esq.; Paul S. Anderson, Ph.D.; Rodney A. Bednar, Ph.D., Vice President; Dennis M. Gross, M.S., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer; Ned D. Heindel, Ph.D.; Marlene A. Jacobson, Ph.D.; Gregory F. Krug; Bruce E. Maryanoff, Ph.D.; James K. Murray, Ph.D. 


Scientific Advisory Board: Bruce E. Maryanoff, Ph.D., Chair; Paul S. Anderson, Ph.D.; Christopher Ball, Ph.D.; James E. Barrett, Ph.D.; Kenneth A. Jacobsen, Ph.D.; Christopher A. Lipinski, Ph.D.

General Activities of the PDDI:

  • Facilitation of networking between enterprising researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, and unemployed senior scientists from the pharmaceutical industry

  • Faculty positions, seminar programs, consultation, mentoring, and due diligence

  • ForwardTrackTM workforce re-entry for qualified unemployed scientists; Outreach Seminar SeriesTM

  • Annual Drug Discovery Awards and Award Lecture

  • Developing public-private partnerships to discover new therapeutics faster (part of the mission of the NIH Roadmap initiative)


  • Technology transfer of drug discovery opportunities to accelerate commercial potential

  • Helping innovative start-up companies to enhance pharmaceutical opportunities in Eastern Pennsylvania

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The PDDI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Besides monetary contributions that can be simply conferred via the "Donate" button, the PDDI will accept automobiles.  Yes, consider donating your car to the PDDI via the following weblink: http://www.donationline.com/pennsylvaniadrugdiscoveryinstitute.html
Also, arrangements have been made for the PDDI to benefit from your orders on Amazon ("Amazon-Smile"), wherein 0.5% of the purchase amount will be donated to the PDDI.  Please use the following weblink: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3827663

The PDDI is very appreciative of receiving gifts and in-kind donations from the following companies: Absorption Systems, Inc., AstraZeneca, Cephalon/Teva, Johnson & Johnson, Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc., Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., and TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals