The Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP), is a MacArthur Foundation funded Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, set up in 2012 as a platform for world-class training in drug discovery, development, production and medicine regulation as well as provide opportunities and services for research and development of quality medicines that meet the specific needs of Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa and the whole of Africa in general.
The Centre, which MacArthur Foundation refers to as the “First of its Kind in Africa” was designated by New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)/ African Medicine Regulation Harmonization (AMRH) in 2014 as one of the ten Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellence (RCORE) in Africa with the oversight functions for:
- Training on regulatory science
- Development of clinical trial oversight structures and clinical trial expertise and
- Improvement on quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) to attain international accreditation.
The rationale for setting up this Centre is based on the fact that access to essential and quality medicines in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa is currently limited. About 90% of available drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa are imported mainly from Asia with a few specialities from Europe and America. Again, Africa’s one billion people (20% of world) bears one quarter (1/4) of world’s disease burden, yet consume only 1.2% of the total output of pharmaceutical products, while the developed world, consumes 80% of the total pharmaceutical output.
This is an indication of lack of access and this is the gap that the Centre is established to address through capacity building.
The overall aim of CDDDP is to be a Centre of Excellence in West Africa that will serve as a platform for world-class training in drug discovery, development, production, regulation and quality assurance, as well as provide opportunities and services for research, development and manufacture of quality medicines that meet the needs of not only Nigeria but sub-Saharan Africa in general.
To be a Centre of Excellence in West Africa that will serve as a world-class training in drug discovery, development, production and regulation.
To build capacity for Africa to make her own medicines in Africa, by Africans for Africa and the world
The Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria is set up to:
- Develop curricula and run postgraduate programmes in Drug Development, Industrial Pharmacy, medicine regulation as well as short courses in Good Pharmaceutical Practices (GxP) for target groups.
- Undertake cutting edge research and development (R&D) in drug discovery, development and production.
- Develop medicinal products from our research findings
- Establish a cGMP facility pre-qualifiable by WHO for pilot manufacturing, clinical trials and quality assurance of medicine circulating in the sub-region
- Professionals from pharmaceutical industries
- Laboratory personnel from industries trained on quality assurance/ quality control procedures in Nigeria and other West African countries
- Regulatory Agencies such as NAFDAC and others in west African sub-region
- Research institutes, Universities both local and international
- Personnel from State and Federal ministries of Health
- Other personnel in related areas
What We Do
- Quality Assurance
- Contract Manufacturing
- Clinical Trials