Center for Biodiversity and Drug Discovery

Natural products offer a vast and virtually unlimited source of new compounds for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. The Center of Excellence in Drug Discovery (CEDD) was created with the objective of finding new molecules with the potential for drug development from the Panamanian marine biodiversity. CEDD’s mission is to become the leader in drug discovery in Panama and the entire Latin American region, establishing an alliance between universities, government, and industry to integrate research, development, and commercialization of natural products.

The CEDD is located at the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT AIP) in the City of Knowledge. The Center is a unique academy-affiliated research institution dedicated to improving health through the discovery, development, and commercialization of nature-derived pharmaceutical products. Research at the Center is currently focused on the discovery of new drugs to meet current needs in the treatment of cancer, tropical diseases, and cardiovascular and neurological disorders.

Our team

Researchers

Chemical Investigations

Marcelino Gutiérrez, PhD

Marcelino Gutiérrez, PhD

Coordinator

Organic Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry

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Hermógenes Fernández – Marín, PhD

Hermogenes Fernandez-Marin, PhD

Ecology

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Julio Castillo, PhD

Julio Castillo, PhD

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José R. Loaiza, PhD

Luis C. Mejia, PhD

Biology, Plant Pathology and Molecular Biology

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Luis Mejia, PhD

Jose R. Loaiza, PhD

Entomology and Molecular Biology
Rolando Gittens, PhD

Rolando Gittens, PhD

Bioengineering and Biomaterials

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Sergio Martínez, PhD

Sergio Martinez, PhD

Natural Products Chemistry

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Cristopher Boya P., PhD

Cristopher Boya P., PhD

Chemical, Metabolomic and Chemical Ecology Natural Products
Johant Lakey, PhD

Johant Lakey Beitia, PhD

Organic Synthesis and Neurochemistry
Librada Atencio, PhD

Librada Atencio, PhD

Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Luis Ramirez Camejo, PhD

Luis Ramirez Camejo, PhD

Mycology

Project Researchers

Candelario Rodriguez, PhD

Candelario Rodriguez, PhD

Natural Products Chemistry

Lab Manager

Alejandro Almanza, MSc

Alejandro Almanza, MSc

Biology and Entomology
Ricardo Santamaria, BSc

Ricardo Santamaria, BSc

Chemist and Regent

Research assistant

Arelys Fuentes, MSc

Arelys Fuentes, MSc

Chemistry
Geraldin Martinez, MSc

Geraldin Martinez, MSc

Chemistry
Maravi Marrone, BSc

Maravi Marrone, BSc

Chemistry
Masiel Barrios Jaen, BSc

Masiel Barrios Jaen, BSc

Microbiology
Randy Mojica Flores, BSc

Randy Mojica Flores, BSc

Chemistry