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

Coordinator

Organic Chemistry and Natural Products Chemistry

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Sergio Martinez, PhD

Natural Products Chemistry

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Armando Durant Archibold, PhD

Biomedicine and Biochemistry

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Hermogenes Fernandez-Marin, PhD

Ecology

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Jose R. Loaiza, PhD

Entomology and Molecular Biology

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Luis C. Mejia, PhD

Biology, Plant Pathology and Molecular Biology

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Rolando Gittens, PhD

Bioengineering and Biomaterials

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Julio Castillo, PhD

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Postdoctoral Researchers

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Johant Lakey Beitia, PhD

Organic Synthesis and Neurochemistry

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Luis Ramirez Camejo, PhD

Mycology

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Cristopher Boya P., PhD

Chemical, Metabolomic and Chemical Ecology Natural Products

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Librada Atencio, PhD

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

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Project Researchers

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Candelario Rodriguez, PhD

Natural Products Chemistry

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Lab Manager

Ricardo-Santamaria

Ricardo Santamaria, BSc

Chemist and Regent

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Alejandro Almanza, MSc

Biology and Entomology

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Research assistant

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Arelys Fuentes, MSc

Chemistry

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Maravi Marrone, BSc

Chemistry

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Geraldin Martinez, MSc

Chemistry

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Randy Mojica Flores, BSc

Chemistry

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Masiel Barrios Jaen, BSc

Microbiology

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