Fellowship drives drug discovery

Fellowship drives drug discovery

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September 2022
A new fellowship will support WEHI malaria researcher Dr Paola Favuzza with the vital industry experience required to turn basic scientific research into positive outcomes for patients.

Dr Paola Favuzza

Dr Favuzza was awarded an MTPConnect Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) fellowship, for a one-year project at Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) in Switzerland.

"Perfect bridge between basic and applied research"

She will be overseeing how new antimalarial drugs can be progressed from a basic research concept, developing skills in drug discovery and development while also strengthening relationships between academia and industry.

Dr Favuzza described the fellowship as “the perfect bridge between basic and applied research”.

“While I have extensive laboratory knowledge, I have much to learn about the processes required to advance beyond the lab," she explained.

"This rare training opportunity will bridge that knowledge gap to enable me to contribute to improving Australia’s drug discovery potential."

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