Biopharmaceutical Innovation

“UD is an emerging leader in the exciting field of biopharmaceutical research. Building on our University’s rich legacy, today’s innovators — our students and faculty — are shaping the front lines of discovery.”

University of Delaware
Dennis Assanis

President, University of Delaware

Biopharma Researcher

Biopharmaceuticals are revolutionizing medicine. These treatments, which rely on living cells for their production, have been crucial in helping the world gain the upper hand in the battle against COVID-19. Other biopharmaceuticals are highly effective in treating and preventing cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and bacterial and viral infections. The University of Delaware is pursuing high-tech research to develop these life-saving therapies and advance their manufacturing.


Partnering for progress

The University of Delaware is a major economic engine for Delaware and the entire Northeast Corridor, supporting thousands of jobs far beyond our campus and fueling the region’s competitive edge in the global innovation economy. Discover the possibilities.

Innovation with Impact

The biopharmaceutical industry is a significant driver of the U.S. economy, contributing $1.1 trillion in economic activity and directly or indirectly employing 4 million individuals in 2017.

2020 Biopharma Market Value

Medicines Currently in Development Around the World


Of Medicines in Dev have a Potential to be First-in-Class Treatments

Supports Over 4 Million Jobs Across the Country

Biopharmaceutical Discovery, Innovation and Collaboration

The Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center is the scientific epicenter for UD’s biopharmaceutical science initiative. The state-of-the-art facility brings together academia, industry and government to create an interdisciplinary hub of discovery, innovation and industrial practices based on a collaborative approach. It is also home to the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals — NIIMBL — leveraging UD’s foundation of impactful partnerships to address the grand challenges of health care, medicine and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Related Departments, Centers and Institutes

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Data Science Institute

Center for Biomanufacturing Science and Technology

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)

Take a Virtual Tour

Explore the Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center at UD’s STAR Campus by scrolling left, right, top and bottom, to discover what makes this facility so unique.


Biopharma News

The University of Delaware research community is applying its expertise to develop health care solutions using biopharmaceuticals. Check back frequently for updates.

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A Leader in Biopharma

The University of Delaware has major strengths in biopharma R&D, academics and workforce development.
Breast Cancer Cell

Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation

UD leads the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) a Manufacturing USA public-private partnership that’s accelerating innovation, developing standards for more efficient manufacturing, and educating a world-leading workforce.
Breast Cancer Cell

Biomedical Research Excellence

UD has three NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence — on cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal research, and the discovery of new molecules to study and treat diseases such as breast cancer, renal cancer, Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis and Legionnaires’ disease.
Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center

World-Class Facilities

UD’s newest research facility is the Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center, which opened at STAR Campus in 2020. Within this state-of-the-art facility, you’ll find NIIMBL’s headquarters, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, UD’s renowned Bio-Imaging Center, laboratories and classrooms.

Partner with us!

We welcome partners who see the value in collaborating with our world-class faculty, providing experiential learning opportunities for our students and employing our graduates. Contact us today!


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