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3-D Cell Model Enables Closer Look at Cancer Progression

NCATS and University of Chicago researchers have developed a 3-D model of ovarian cancer metastasis using cells from patients to help identify potential therapeutic compounds.


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NCATS pre-clinical programs and resources focus on key obstacles and inefficiencies in the translational process, overcoming bottlenecks that slow the development of new treatments for patients.

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Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS develops novel approaches to improve the process of joining basic science discoveries with initial testing of therapies in humans. 

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Improving the Drug Development Process

Creating and testing innovative methods to improve and accelerate the drug development process and find new treatments for patients faster.

Repurposing Drugs

Discovering new uses for approved drugs to provide the quickest possible transition from bench to bedside.

Testing & Predictive Models

Developing better model systems for drug and toxicity testing.

Core Technologies

Using state-of-the-art resources to enable the ongoing operation of all NCATS translational research activities.