Southern Research's Drug Development division is the largest of the organization's four divisions. Set up like a contract research organization (CRO), Southern Research provides commercial and government clients with nonclinical and clinical trial support services. They offer studies including both in vitro and in vivo testing of small molecule compounds, vaccines, biologics, and other test articles in therapeutic areas including infectious disease, CNS and cancer. Current service areas include: Bioanalytical Analysis; Anticancer Efficacy Services; Immunology; Infectious Disease; Pathology; and Consulting.
Southern Research was founded in Birmingham. Martin reengaged the Alabama's industrial leaders and received over $100,000 in philanthropic donations. Alabama Power Company pledged an additional $15,000 per year for five years, $75,000 total, and this was enough for the organization to finance laboratory space and hire researchers and staff. The decision was made to change the institute's name from Alabama Research Institute, to Southern Research Institute. Around this same time, Southern Research Institute hired its first director, Wilbur Lazier. Though he only stayed in this role for four years, Lazier is credited with recruiting many figures that shaped the history of the organization, including Howard E Skipper.
Southern Research's Drug Discovery division conducts research focused on oncology, infectious disease, and neuroscience. Their current service areas include: High Throughput Screening (THS) Chemistry; Oncology; Infectious Disease; Neuroscience; and the Center for Neuromolecular Research. Southern Research is a founding member of the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance (ADDA) along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (SOM). The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) are also crucial contributors to the ADDA. Mark J Suto is vice president of Drug Discovery at Southern Research. He has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in recognition of his wide-ranging contributions to pharmaceutical research and drug discovery efforts.
The following is the list of scholars from Southern Research Institute who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Southern Research Institute that are published in OMICS International journals.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Southern Research Institute that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.