The Scripps Research Institute has been awarded more than $80 million by the National Institutes of Health to greatly expand the work of The Scripps Research Molecular Screening Center, further strengthening the collaborative efforts of teams of scientists at the La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida campuses. The six-year grant is the largest ever awarded to Scripps Research.
The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center will use Scripps Florida's high throughput robotics to screen discoveries made in laboratories in La Jolla and Jupiter, as well as other research institutions, against various biological targets. The goal is to uncover "proof-of-concept molecules" that could be useful in developing new treatments for a large number of human diseases.
The Scripps center is one of only four such large centers nationwide. Together with five smaller specialized centers, they comprise the Molecular Libraries Production Centers Network, a part of the NIH's strategic funding plan, the Roadmap Initiative.