Drug Development


The Drug Development Core brings together the expertise of the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide a resource (including training) in preclinical and early clinical development for novel compounds for investigators. 

We provide a centralized resource for preclinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamics and early phase clinical trial design, conduct and management.




Director, Drug Development Core

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Director, Translational Pharmacology Research Core

UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science

Director, UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences



Associate Director, Drug Development Core

Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Program, Chief of Melanoma

Co-Leader, CCSG Experimental Therapeutics Program

Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Executive Committee

Scientific Leadership Committee

Core Objectives

1. Provide mentoring for faculty and industry in drug development and clinical therapeutics research

  • Drug Development Core Request Form: Consultation for grants, protocols, assays and data analysis
  • Key drug development topics presented in workshop format
  • One-month scholar periods for external CTSI faculty members at Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) institutions
  • KL2 Scholar sessions on Topics in Drug Development and Translational Pharmacology

2. Provide a centralized core for linking faculty to drug development expertise and CTSI core laboratories

  • Preclinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Phase I/II clinical pharmacology design, conduct, and management
  • Facilitate awareness of core laboratory facilities
  • Faculty programs in similar research areas
  • Promote optimal use of core laboratories and programs 

Development Activities

  • User friendly web portal to invite faculty and industry to engage with Drug Development Core
  • Invite CTSI faculty members as “Drug Development Core Resource Faculty” to provide expertise, consultation and, as appropriate, direct participation in research projects
  • Engage other UB and Roswell Park resource cores to offer facilities through Drug Development Core
  • Plan drug development and translational pharmacology research workshops in conjunction with CTSI Workforce Development Core curriculum 

Core Goals

  • Provide UB and Roswell Park co-sponsored “Home Brewed Drugs and the Drug Development Process” seminar programs
  • Provide additional Drug Development Core lectures with visiting national and international faculty
  • Plan to meet with external organizations that will potentially use the core
  • Promote new collaborations using working groups with common drug development interests
  • Contribute to grant applications with drug development components
  • Integrating drug development core collaborators with biomarker research
  • Collaborate with other CTSIs with drug development interests