Center for Innovative Drug Research
The future of discovery
The new Center for Innovative Drug Research (CIDR) brings together multiple research groups from across this client's campus into a single, 365,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that supports world-class research, fosters a community of collaboration, and inspires life-changing discoveries. Separated into three research wings connected by a shared spine, the four-story CIDR is one of the largest pharmaceutical research facilities in California, housing drug safety evaluation, structural chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and a variety of biology laboratories, including discovery virology, clinical virology, biomarker sciences, biologics, target biology, immunology, and core services.
Conceived as more than merely a "bricks and mortar building," the Center creates a distinct home for its community of scientists. Researchers were highly involved in all aspects of the Center's design and construction, integrating directly into the design team, and gathering together to celebrate important milestones with the construction crew as the building progressed. Involving the researchers in all aspects of the facility's development not only ensured it would meet their practical needs, but also established a sense of personal ownership, transforming a collection of formerly isolated research groups into a unified, collaborative community.
The Center for Innovative Drug Research is intimately aligned with the client's forward-looking corporate strategy which is grounded in speed, agility, and operational excellence – while also establishing itself as a valued home for a collaborative research community. Despite its considerable size, the Center has been carefully designed to operate based upon intimate principles and personal interaction, integrating individuals in diverse research groups with state-of-the-art systems to establish a home for world-class pharmaceutical research.
The CIDR was honored by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) through their 2021 Facility of the Year Awards program with a Special Recognition Award for Operational Agility: COVID-19 Impact.