Translational Drug Development Core


Left to right: Abhisheak Sharma, PhD, Research Assistant Professor & Assistant Director, Pharmaceutics, UF College of Pharmacy;  Christopher McCurdy, PhD, FAAPS, Director and Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, UF College of Pharmacy
Left to right: Abhisheak Sharma, PhD, Christopher McCurdy, PhD, FAAPS

Promising compounds need assistance moving from the lab into preclinical studies, which generate in vivo data needed for continued federal funding and licensing.

The CTSI Translational Drug Development Core provides services and expertise in bioanalysis, drug metabolism, and preclinical pharmacokinetics in order to help faculty bridge this gap.

With solid data, researchers can meet the short timelines from provisional to full patent to licensing, enhance federal funding, and accelerate the transformation of new therapeutic interventions for the treatment and prevention of diseases.


To help scientists succeed in this space, we provide the following:

Consultation regarding testing, collaboration, and licensing submission.

A young woman wearing a gold bracelet types data from a paper booklet into her laptop.

Laboratory services to assist in advancing a lead compound based on in vitro data, to transition to full blown preclinical studies.

Pharmacy Lab

Bioanalytical services to define the full in vivo pharmacokinetic profile (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion-ADME) of a compound.

Pharmacy lab 2

Translational Drug Development support by numbers

These metrics are current as of Aug. 12, 2021

Funding

$4.7 MIL

Grants Submitted

39

Grants funded

9

Publications

14


Translational Drug Development Core Services

pharmacy lab computers

Analytical method development and validation using UPLC-PDA/QDA, UPLC-MS/MS, UHPLC-Q-TOF

  • Analysis of formulations for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API)(Formulation Analysis)
  • Analysis of complex natural products for content (Natural Product Analysis)
  • Bioanalytical method development (Bioanalysis)
Examining test tubes

Physiochemical Analysis


  • Solubility
  • Acid dissociation constant (pKa)
  • Partition coefficient
pharmacy lab

Absorption

  • Stability in simulated gastric and intestinal fluid
  • Permeability studies using Caco-2 cell line
  • Transporter studies using transfected MDCK/HEK cell lines
Pharmacy Lab

Distribution

  • Stability in plasma/serum
  • Plasma protein binding
  • RBC to plasma partitioning study
Metabolism Studies

Metabolism studies

  • Metabolic stability using microsomes (liver, intestinal), S9, brain homogenate, and hepatocytes
  • CYP inhibition and reaction phenotyping
  • In vitro (microsomes, S9, hepatocytes) and in vivo metabolite identification (Phase I and Phase II)
  • UDP glucuronosyltransferases inhibition
In vivo

In vivo studies

  • Bioavailability/pharmacokinetic studies in mice, rats, or dogs following per-oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, and intraperitoneal routes of administration
  • Gender-related pharmacokinetics
  • Tissue distribution
  • Dose proportionality pharmacokinetics
  • Drug disposition in urine, bile, and feces
  • Brain-to-plasma ratios
modeling and simulation

Modeling and simulation

  • Determination of exposure-response relationships, population pharmacokinetics, in vitro-in vivo extrapolation, prediction of human dose, PBPK, and covariate modeling
human clinical trials

Human clinical trials

  • Bioanalysis of test samples from clinical trials

Equipment

Current wet laboratory and analytical space, including the laboratory space for the TDD core, are located in the Medical Science Building and is 2112 ft2. The TDD core laboratory is fully equipped for pharmacokinetic studies, metabolism studies, permeability studies, analytical method development, dissolution studies and stability studies. Laboratory computers are equipped with the required statistical, pharmacokinetic and other software programs to perform graphics, spreadsheets, and word processing, curve fitting and statistical analysis. Specific equipment is listed below:

  • Waters Acquity UPLC I coupled with Xevo TQ-S-Micro Triple-Quadrupole system
  • Waters Acquity UPLC Iplus coupled with Xevo TQ-S-Micro Triple-Quadrupole system (N = 2)
  • Agilent 1290 Infinity series UPLC equipped with quadrupole-time-of-flight (Q-TOF) Agilent 6540 mass spectrometer
  • Waters Acquity UPLC I-Class with photodiode array and QDa detector
  • BioTek Cytation 1 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader
  • Thermo Fisher II Biohazard Hoods
  • BASi CulexNxT automated blood sampling system
  • Dissolution apparatus

Animals

Animals for pharmacokinetic studies will be housed in the Communicore centralized animal facility (AALAC accredited) of the University of Florida. Pharmacokinetic studies will be performed in 270 ft2 of animal space available to TDD core in same animal facility. The space dedicated pharmacokinetics (PK) studies is equipped with Basi CulexNxT automated blood sampling system, metabolic cages, and other instruments required for PK studies in rodents.


Consultations

Having a clear, precise plan is critical in moving a compound forward. Our expert team will individually evaluate your needs and provide direction for the next steps.

Plan needs for bioanalytical or animal testing

Dr. Julie Moore and team led by University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine scientists found that the composition of gut microbiota—microbes living inside the intestine—in pregnant mice more reliably predicts susceptibility to, and severity of, malaria infection than do genetics.

Direct to appropriate collaborators for measurement of other endpoints where necessary, or to other services/companies for outsourcing when most appropriate

Juergen Bulitta, Associate Professor, UF College of Pharmacy along with his research team are working on COVID-19 research with several College of Medicine partners at Lake Nona.

Assistance/guidance on preparation of relevant data for licensing submission

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consultation scheduling and general info

Schedule a consultation

To schedule a consultation or for general information, click below to contact the Tranlsational Drug Development Core Research Coordinator, Danielle Sevier, Au.D.


CTSA funding citation

In accordance with NIH requirements, all publications, news releases, or other documents about research supported in whole or in part by the UF-FSU CTSA hub or its services must cite the appropriate NIH grant number(s) and ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Below is the recommended language for all investigators who use data compiled by the Core:

Research reported in this publication was supported by the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which is supported in part by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences under award number UL1TR001427. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


Core leadership

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Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Christopher R. McCurdy, PhD, FAAPS

Phone: (352) 294-8691 | Email: cmccurdy@cop.ufl.edu

Chris McCurdy

Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics

Abhisheak Sharma, PhD

Phone: (352)294-8690 | Email: asharma1@cop.ufl.edu

Abhisheak Sharma

For general information or to set up a consultation, contact:

RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Danielle Sevier, Au.D.

Phone: (352) 273-6300


Educational Collaborations

Biotility

PART OF THE UF CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR REGENERATIVE HEALTH BIOTECHNOLOGY (CERHB)

UF Biotility

Please see the link below that will route you to educational opportunities on drug development and regulatory sciences.


Forms and shipping

UF CTSI Translational Drug Development Core Signage

Shipping address:

University of Florida CTSI Translational Drug Development Core
1345 Center Drive, Room P1-08
PO Box 100497
Gainesville, FL 32610

Requested shipping guidelines:

  1. Be sure to verify guidelines and requirements for shipment of biological materials provided by the shipping service company you will be utilizing (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, etc.)
  2. Our Core cannot accept weekend or evening deliveries. Please ensure your samples will arrive no later than 4:00 PM EST Monday through Friday. Also, our laboratories are closed on many federal holidays, so please contact the Core to verify we will be able to accept your delivery if you believe it will arrive on a holiday.
  3. Label all samples. Be sure that the sample labels correspond with the information provided in our Sample Submission Form.
  4. Sample Submission Form: Include completed submission forms inside of a separate plastic zip-type bag to prevent damage. Incomplete submission forms may result in a delay in sample processing. Please use the submission forms found here.
  5. Fluid-containing Samples: Use a leak-proof container and place the sample inside a zip-type bag with absorbent material such as paper towels. Using sealing tape around the lid/tops of the containers to prevent leakage is recommended.
  6. Ambient Samples: No ice packs necessary for shipping.
  7. Refrigerated Samples: Use commercial grade frozen ice packs. Do not utilize ice cubes. Using a foam-type cooler box inside a cardboard box is recommended.
  8. Frozen Samples: Ship on dry ice or if allowable, ship on a sufficient amount of ice packs to keep sample viable. Again please do not utilize ice cubes.
  9. If shipping ambient along with refrigerated and/or frozen samples, please pack the samples separately in the shipping container to avoid the ambient samples from freezing.