Welcome from the Founder
The UCSF Molecular Design Institute was established in 1993 as an academic research institute of the University of California San Francisco to promote the discovery, design and delivery of novel pharmaceutical agents. Structure based molecular design, which applies principles of chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to the design and development of bioactive agents such as drugs, is an area of particular strength at UCSF.

It is our goal to stimulate government and industry research through direct collaborative programs and educational, licensing and technology transfer activities. It is an auspicious time to explore improvements in health care. Academia and industry must work together, seeking innovative partnerships and new opportunities to expand their basic and applied research efforts.

Irwin D. Kuntz, Ph.D.

Founder Molecular Design Institute
University of California San Francisco

UCSF MDI in Overview