Alliance in Innovative Technologies Supporting Drug Development and Discovery (2015)

Request Number N451459
Need details

Pfizer's Worldwide R&D (WRD) organization is interested in accessing innovative technologies in fields where Asia Pacific offers unique strengths such as natural product drug discovery; novel synthetic chemistry; human genetics and clinical research based biomarker and novel target identification and validation; phenotypic screen reflecting patient disease states etc.  We seek to provide funding to a limited number of Asia’s leading academic and biotech groups to create new partnerships that address the our key partnering needs. Funding from $50,000 to $1.0M may be provided to support research collaborations with measureable annual milestones that can help transition these opportunities from the academic environment into new start-up companies.




Pfizer has established a number of novel approaches to work with partners to develop new medicines. Moving beyond traditional collaborations and licensing deals, Pfizer is actively seeking to support early stage discovery research programs.   Pfizer currently supports numerous collaborative partnerships with some of the world's leading academic researchers. We now seek new opportunities to collaborate with early stage programs that are initiated from within Asian universities, research institutes and biotechnology companies or those wishing to establish operations in Asian countries.


We are committed to exploratory research and have empowered our Asia External R&D Innovation team to identify and invest in opportunities that align with our global core research interests and to support early-stage technologies so they might transition from a pure academic environment into new start-up companies.



Key Success Criteria

This challenge is open to:

  • Asia Pacific academic & biotechnology researchers seeking to transition their discoveries and technologies into start-up companies within or outside of the region
  • Academic & biotechnology researchers seeking to transition their discoveries and technologies into start-up companies in the Asia Pacific region


Proposals will be assessed upon:

  • Scientific merit & novelty
  • Ability to meet measurable annual milestones
  • Track record of the Principal Investigators & key team members


Possible Approaches

Pfizer is particularly interested in technologies related to:


  • Natural product and/or synthetic biology based discovery of novel chemical matter (we are not interested in mixtures of natural products or compounds that are not amenable to synthetic chemistry or fermentation for scale up)
  • Novel synthetic chemistry methodologies and design tools to extend accessible chemical space and target space (e.g. GPCRs and Protein-protein interface etc)
  • Innovative drug delivery approaches (e.g. tissue specific delivery, delivery across BBB etc)
  • Human genetic/proteomic studies and clinical/translational researchers for novel biomarker and target identification & validation
  • Novel disease models and phenotypic screen platforms that enable better and faster transition of therapeutics from pre-clinical discovery to clinical success



Approaches not of interest
  • Proposals for block funding collaborations that do not have specific and defined milestones that can be reasonably met within a two year time period
  • Proposals that fall outside of our key therapeutic areas of interest (see


Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

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Point of Contact
Darren Coomber
Area of Interest
  • Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical R & D
Due Date
November 30, 2015
Award Amount
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