Drug Discovery Center

The primary focus of the Drug Discovery Center is to facilitate and accelerate drug discovery and the translation of new basic discoveries into therapies to improve human health. Research expertise at the center will provide resources, knowledge, and services to complete the drug development process from target validation, drug design, and drug delivery to clinical application.

Core Services

  • Discovery to Clinic
  • Collaborations
  • Funding opportunity guidance
  • Non-GLP PK and Tox studies

Signature Program

Therapeutics Accelerator Program

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  TAP Investigator Assistance
  • TAP allows greater flexibility in the assessment of the starting points as well as allocation of resources for desired outcome.
  • TAP is a virtual therapeutic innovation center with no direct investment for infrastructure, staff or expensive equipment. It leverages the existing MCW and CTSI core laboratories, faculty, departments and center expertise.
  • TAP allows for efficient use of existing resources and funds to move therapeutic and drug development projects forward.
  • TAP also nurtures collaboration with research institution of SE-Wisconsin region.

TAP Investigator Assistance

  TAP Application Process

Simple One Page Proposal

The investigators submits one page proposal describing how the technology could be a therapeutic.

Two step review process

  1. Review of the proposals by eminent review panel from MCW.
  2. Presentation and discussion round with the Advisory Committee.

Opportunity to present and discuss with experts

This is an unique opportunity to get first hand critique of your technology as a therapeutic. The seasoned experts share their knowledge and experiences to meet diverse challenges you may face.

A fast and short process: Application through execution of project (2- 6 months).

TAP Application Process

  TAP Resources
  • A group of experienced and seasoned experts
  • MCW-Departments and Centers
  • Office of Technology Development
  • MCW School of Pharmacy
  • Core facilities

TAP Resources 


Bioforward  Center for Technology Commercialization

Bridge to Cures

For more information contact:

Dr. John Imig

Dr. John Imig | jdimig@mcw.edu | (414) 955-4834

Dr. Ranjit Verma

Dr. Ranjit Verma | rverma@mcw.edu | (414) 955-5743

TAP Announcements

RFP View Research Funded Projects for spring 2018 (Box link)


Past TAP Projects

Therapeutic Accelerator Program (TAP) Funds 3 Projects to Facilitate Drug Discovery

Andreas Beyer, PhD

Andreas Beyer, PhD

Abhay Singh Chauhan, PhD

Abhay Singh Chauhan, PhD

John Auchampach, PhD

John Auchampach, PhD

Projects target the prevention & treatment of chronic pain, cardiovascular damage resulting from cancer treatment & aging. Dr. Beyer’s project is made possible by the MCW Cardiovascular Center by the generous support of the Smith Family.

The 3 funded projects target the prevention & treatment of chronic pain, cardiovascular damage, and aging.

Contact: Ranjit Verma, PhD | rverma@mcw.edu | (414) 955 5743