Austrian Drug Screening Institute
The Austrian Drug Screening Institute (ADSI) was founded in 2012 as a research enterprise of the University of Innsbruck (LFU) and offers research services for companies as well as academic research institutes in the fields of drug development, phytopharma, dietary supplements, phytocosmetics, nutrition and related industries.
The ADSI was initiated by the analytical chemist Prof. Dr. Günther K. Bonn, Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, University of Innsbruck, and by the cell biologist and physician Prof. Dr. Lukas A. Huber, Head of the Cell Biology Division at the Medical University of Innsbruck. Both Prof. Bonn and Prof. Huber are the scientific directors of the ADSI.
In ADSI, analytical chemistry and cell biology are combined in a unique way. The biological division designs cell-based assays that mimics human tissues in the lab and thus are particularly relevant. On the other hand, the analytical section is able to analyse and read different parameters, no matter if the basic material derives from plants to extract potential active substances or from cell supernatants to detect changes in the regulation of cytokines. Furthermore, a bioinformatics division was developed to integrate the complex readouts and evaluate the resulting data sets. Research services developed at ADSI are the basis of three pillars strategy:
1) screening and product development,
2) mode of action studies and confirmation of cosmetic claims, and
3) quality control analyses for nutrition and dietary supplements industries.
The ADSI employs about 25 persons, mainly highly qualified scientists. The institute is equipped with a state-of-the-art infrastructure. It became an integral part of the Austrian research landscape and works closely with numerous universities and research institutions, as well as with industrial partners in Austria and abroad.
Although the Institute is mainly financed by the state of Austria and the state of Tyrol, revenues from research contracts contribute significantly to the financing of ADSI.