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Major gift funds research in cancer therapy and regenerative medicine

Pharma Research Products Co., Ltd., has donated $1.25 million for pharmaceutical biomaterials research in Professor Young Jik Kwon’s BioTherapeutics Engineering Laboratory (BioTEL) in the UC Irvine College of Health Sciences' Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

BioTEL has been exploring innovative methods for efficient and safe delivery of therapeutic molecules such as drugs, nucleic acids, and proteins. With this funding, Kwon hopes to develop novel DNA-based nano-scale biomaterials for the treatment of cancers and degenerative diseases.

"By applying the technologies developed in my laboratory to salmon-derived DNA developed and manufactured by Pharma Research Products, I am confident we will move closer to helping our society live longer, healthier lives," says Kwon.

"This type of funding and this partnership with corporations transforms already exceptional programs and enables them to become the very best in the world," adds Christopher Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Advancement.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Richard Chamberlin thanked Pharma Research Products Chairman Sang Soo Jung at a ceremony on May 1. "We are grateful for this collaboration with Pharma Research Products," said Chamberlin. "And we thank them for supporting our shared vision to develop innovative solutions to shape a brighter, healthier future."

About the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

The Department was established in 2007 and offers one the most popular undergraduate programs at UC Irvine, with about 700 Pharmaceutical Sciences majors. The university has become the #1 feeder school for pharmacy programs nationally. At the graduate level, there are currently 40 PhD students studying in the laboratories of the widely respected and highly ranked pharmaceutical sciences faculty members. For more information, visit pharmsci.uci.edu.