New research centre in Copenhagen will contribute to better drugs for skin disorders

Understanding how drugs interact with skin has long been a challenge. A new centre at Copenhagen University is set to become an international lighthouse in this pharmaceutical research area, supported by a DKK 40 million grant from the LEO Foundation.

The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery will conduct research on what happens in and on the skin when we apply drugs. The research will have a particular focus on the physical-chemical aspects of the interaction between skin and drugs, which is important to the development of new drugs.

The ambition is to optimise the drug properties and allow for maximum utilisation as well as to minimise side effects. The LEO Foundation has backed the centre with a grant of DKK 40 million over the next ten years.

We are very happy to support this important initiative with a grant of DKK 40 million over the next ten years, which is the single largest grant the foundation has ever awarded. We are quite convinced that the centre with its strong team of researchers has the potential to become a global powerhouse in terms of research on the dynamic interaction between drugs and skin,” says Lars Olsen, Chairman of the LEO Foundation.

Setting new standards in dermatology research  

Behind the project is the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen, where the centre will be located

“The new centre meets a huge demand for understanding how drugs interact with skin. With a strong team of highly qualified researchers, we will set new standards for research in the field of dermatology, and I am both proud and grateful that the grant from the LEO Foundation has helped us attract new and strong forces to the University of Copenhagen. This new strategic effort will benefit patients as well as society in general,” says Dean Ulla Wewer from the Department of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Experienced director

Director of the new centre is Martin Malmsten, formerly Head of Research at Uppsala University.

I hope to contribute with my experience and thus help motivate and inspire colleagues and employees, enabling us to provide the best possible results. And I look forward to becoming part of the University of Copenhagen. The new centre offers great long-term opportunities for making an impact on international research and I am happy to be part of this initiative, which will lift research in a very exciting area,” says Martin Malmsten.