Competence Center for Drug Discovery
The Competence Center for Drug Discovery (CC Drug Discovery) is dedicated to the discovery and development of new drugs for innovative therapies against serious diseases.
The Competence Center for Drug Discovery at the ZHAW works on a national and international level with partners from industry and academia to develop new clinical drug candidates. Our mission is to address therapeutic issues in an interdisciplinary environment and to promote the synergy of biological, chemical and medical expertise. Our core competence in medicinal chemistry enables us to work with our partners on a range of indications (e.g. cancer, infectious diseases, metabolic diseases) for the benefit of patients.
We cover the entire chemistry driven value chain of small molecule and peptide drug discovery:
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Computer aided drug design
- Natural Products
- Parallel and automated organic synthesis
- Microwave assisted organic synthesis
- NMR binding studies of small molecules
- Recombinant protein production in different expression systems
- Protein characterization
- Microbial and cellular test methods
- Culture Collection of Switzerland (www.ccos.ch)
Silent pathway awakening to discover novel antibacterial compounds from actinomycetes
There is a tremendous need for novel antibiotics due to the global resistance crisis. Actinomycetes are the most important sources of secondary metabolites. They provide an enormous potential to discover novel antibiotics. Actinobacteria remain an underexploited reservoir of interesting products, especially ...
Morbillivirus cell entry machinery: mechanisms, structures and antiviral drug discovery
Novel Antimicrobials for Life-Threatening Infections
Deaths due to antimicrobial resistance are alarmingly high, novel therapies are urgently needed. Here, novel antifungal compounds are developed against life-threatening infections. The compounds will be developed to preclinical proof-of-concept in a collaborative medicinal chemistry program. ...
Virus cell entry machinery: antiviral drug discovery
Development of small molecule inhibitors of the viral cell entry machinery.
- Antiprotozoal Structure–Activity Relationships of Synthetic Leucinostatin Derivatives and Elucidation of their Mode of Action / M. Brand, L. Wang, S. Agnello, S. Gazzola, F. M. Gall, L. Raguž, M. Kaiser, R. S. Schmidt, A. Ritschl, J. Jelk, A. Hemphill, P. Mäser, P. Bütikofer, M. Adams, R. Riedl, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 15613.
- Drug Design Inspired by Nature: Crystallographic Detection of an Auto‐Tailored Protease Inhibitor Template / F. M. Gall, D. Hohl, D. Frasson, T. Wermelinger, P. R. E. Mittl, M. Sievers, R. Riedl, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4051.
- A Structural View on Medicinal Chemistry Strategies against Drug Resistance / S. Agnello, M. Brand, M. F. Chellat, S. Gazzola, R. Riedl, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 3300.
- Pseudouridimycin: The First Nucleoside Analogue That Selectively Inhibits Bacterial RNA Polymerase / M. F. Chellat, R. Riedl, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 13184.
- Targeting Antibiotic Resistance / Chellat, Mathieu; Raguž, Luka; Riedl, Rainer - Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6600-6626; Angew.Chem. 2016, 128, 6710–6738.
- Molecular recognition of the catalytic zinc (II) ion in MMP-13: Structure-based evolution of an allosteric inhibitor to dual binding mode inhibitors with improved lipophilic ligand efficiencies / Fischer, Thomas; Riedl, Rainer - invited article for the Special Issue "Enzyme-Inhibitor Interaction as Examples of Molecular Recognition" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 314. Front cover story 3/2016.
- Merging Allosteric and Active Site Binding Motifs: De novo Generation of Target Selectivity and Potency via Natural-Product-Derived Fragments / Lanz, Jan; Riedl, Rainer - ChemMedChem. 2015, 10, 451–454. Front cover story 3/2015.
Kalbermatter, David; Jeckelmann, Jean-Marc; Wyss, Marianne; Shrestha, Neeta; Pliatsika, Dimanthi; Riedl, Rainer; Lemmin, Thomas; Plattet, Philippe; Fotiadis, Dimitrios,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
120(6), pp. e2208866120.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2208866120
Sabani, Besmira; Brand, Michael; Albert, Ina; Inderbitzin, Joelle; Eichenseher, Fritz; Schmelcher, Mathias; Rohrer, Jack; Riedl, Rainer; Lehmann, Steffi,
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nano.2022.102607
Bagatella, Stefano; Haghayegh Jahromi, Neda; Monney, Camille; Polidori, Margherita; Gall, Flavio Max; Marchionatti, Emma; Serra, Fabienne; Riedl, Rainer; Engelhardt, Britta; Oevermann, Anna,
Journal of Neuroinflammation.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12974-022-02653-1
Kiss, Cedric; Gall, Flavio M.; Dreier, Birgit; Adams, Michael; Riedl, Rainer; Plückthun, Andreas; Mittl, Peer R. E.,
Acta Crystallographica. Section D: Structural Biology.
78(12), pp. 1439-1450.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1107/S2059798322010762