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Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance targets research breakthroughs

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Promising new therapies for debilitating diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s are stemming from drug discovery work taking place in Alabama research facilities – an effort that’s getting a $2 million infusion from two insurers.

At the center of this high-potential research is the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance (ADDA), a unique collaboration between development teams at Southern Research and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The ADDA provides the infrastructure and support to expedite the search for new insights and treatments.

Last month, Birmingham-based Protective Life and its parent Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. of Japan announced plans for community giving that included the $2 million donation to the drug discovery partnership. That’s on top of $1 million ADDA gift from Protective in 2014.

“The Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance is helping talented researchers and scientists explore promising avenues of investigation that point toward new treatments for serious illnesses,” Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said. “This generous financial gift will facilitate new breakthroughs from the experienced UAB and Southern Research teams working in Birmingham.”

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