The Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has a long history of interdisciplinary research in chemistry and biology. From 2001 to 2009, with the strong support of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the Institute of Molecular Technology for Drug Discovery and Synthesis was established. At the end of 2010, the Partner State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to be established in PolyU as a partner laboratory of the State Key Laboratory of Bio-organic and Natural Products Chemistry in the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In mid-2011, the Partner State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences started to operate. In 2018, upon approval by MOST, the Partner State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences was renamed as the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery.
Since its inception in 2010, the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (formerly as Partner State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences) has been focused on researches of organic synthesis, catalysis, chemical biology and drug discovery. There are three major objectives:
To synthesize and develop novel compounds and natural products as drug candidates;
To conduct research and develop new pharmaceuticals and health products;
To explore and develop new molecular techniques for drug discovery.
Research conducted in our laboratory includes:
Organic synthesis and catalysis on novel molecules and natural products for drug development;
Discovery and screening of drug candidates, including synthetic compounds and natural products;
Study of the interaction between small molecules and biomolecules;
Development of research methods to understand the role of small molecules and biomolecules in biological processes.
The laboratory strives for the following goals:
To conduct world-class research in chemical biology and drug discovery;
To nurture outstanding young scientists;
To enhance knowledge and technology transfer for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
State Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong Phone: (852) 3400 3977 Fax: (852) 2362 2578 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org