AUSTIN (KXAN) - The University of Texas at Austin on Monday unveiled a new laboratory that officials say will fill a critical gap to develop new drugs and biotechnology products.
The lab, called UT Advance, will test products to determine whether they are safe and effectiveness, and whether they are likely to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards.
"We have outstanding preclinical research programs in drug development and targeted drug delivery," said M. Lynn Crismon, dean of the UT College of Pharmacy. "This facility will help our researchers in these areas move more efficiently and effectively to get their discoveries into human trials.
The first potential drug to be tested comes from a collaboration between William O. Williams, a pharmacy professor at the university, and Dr. Jay I. Peters, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. They are developing an inhaled immune suppressing drug capable of treating patients who have had a lung transplant.
The testing for the drug will begin later this year.
The lab, which will be overseen by the university's Drug Dynamics Institute, is at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute near the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. It costs about $1 million to set up and is being funded by the university.
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