NTU to develop new tuberculosis drugs with Sathyabama University using facilities and expertise at both institutions
19 November 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Centre for Drug Discovery and
Development (CDDD), Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, India, and the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU),
representing the excellence cluster TOPNet, was signed.
India has a high Tuberculosis (TB) burden and is filled with unique
cases of multi-drug resistance TB. Hence, it is the most important country to
look at, and to work on in the area of TB. The possibility of forming a network
between NTU and India’s important institution CDDD will open new avenues for
research within TB, one of the most important infectious diseases. This also
includes exchange of students and researchers to provide unique experiences. It
is also in line with the recently launched NTU-India Connect Research
Internship Programme and the newly built connections driven by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi and NTU.
The Centre for Drug Discovery and Development (CDDD) was established in 2013 at the university with the goal
to discover novel drugs to fight against life threatening infectious diseases
including TB, Acquired Immuno Deficiency syndrome (AIDS), Dengue
and non-infectious diseases including cancer, diabetes etc.. The centre has
unique capabilities for anti-mycobacterial and antiviral drug discovery from
natural resources and the synthetic compounds. The centre consists of a group
of enthusiastic and experienced scientist actively pursuing collaborative
research with external collaborators in academic community as well as with
industrial partners both in India and abroad.
TOPNet stands for Targeting
oxidative phosphorylation for the rational
development of sterilizing drug combination for drug-resistant tuberculosis Network.
It is an organisation created to focus on creating new improved treatments for
TB. Since November 2017, the network is funded by the National Research
Foundation (NRF) Competitive Research Programme (CRP), Singapore. TOPNet is a
consortium of experts from Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU; Lead PI Prof. Dr G.
Grüber, A/Prof. R. Bates, A/Prof. K. Pethe), National University Singapore (NUS; A/Prof. T. Dick) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR; Prof. A. Matter), Singapore.