The Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS) – the research institute of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Faculty of Science of Utrecht University – was founded in 1992. The scientific research at UIPS focuses on processes around discovery, development, and use of drugs and medical nutrition using molecular and technological principles from the Natural and Life Sciences. The focus is shifting from small-molecule blockbusters to the high hanging fruit of peptides, proteins, nucleotides and even more advanced medical products like (stem) cells. UIPS has been focusing on these high hanging fruits for 20 years.
These bioinspired products offer major scientific challenges for translation. For example, the key success factor for gene therapy and exon skipping is successful delivery to cells. UIPS started a graduate (Drug Innovation), master (Drug Innovation) and bachelor (College of Pharmaceutical Sciences) programme to train a new generation of excellent researchers, who can face this challenge of use-inspired fundamental research on bioinspired therapeutic solutions.
The research of UIPS is ideally positioned in the Faculty of Science to work on basic scientific problems (Science for Life: Studying the Building Blocks of Life) and to translate new findings into potential solutions to urgent societal medical needs, which are addressed in the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. This field is growing rapidly due to developments in Technology.