Michael Jackson's Research Focus
Dr. Jackson is senior vice president of drug discovery and development at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, where he oversees the bicoastal operations of the Prebys Center, an approximately 80-person Drug Discovery enterprise embedded in the Institute. The center is equipped with state of the art ultra High Throughput Drug Screening (HTS) and lead discovery capabilities. His overall goal is to generate a pipeline of first in class small molecule therapeutics based on the break through discoveries on the molecular basis of disease made by investigators at the institute and collaborators.
Upon joining SBP in 2009 Dr. Jackson managed and then lead as Principal Investigator, SBP’s NIH-funded Molecular Libraries Probe comprehensive center which successfully executed over 100 HTS campaigns with collaborators across the Nation. Over a six year period the center generating >30 million screening data points and produced over 60 chemical probe reports published through the NCBI bookshelf. Since the Molecular libraries program ended the Prebys Center has continued to operate in a highly collaborative framework with investigators from many academic institutes and biopharmaceutical companies, it continues to conduct HTS screens against > 25 targets each year in search of drug leads to advance to therapeutics. Dr. Jackson is integrally involved in the center’s outreach and translational efforts that include over 35 ongoing collaborations, supported by grants, collaborations and contracts.
Dr. Jackson works closely with SBP’s senior leadership to seek new avenues of support for preclinical and clinical drug development initiatives to enable the overall mission of the Institute to translate basic research to new products.
Michael Jackson's Bio
Dr. Jackson brings many years of drug discovery and development experience to Prebys Center. Prior to joining Sanford-Burnham in 2009, Dr. Jackson spent 15 years working within Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical research organization. He managed cross-disciplinary teams of scientists focused on discovering chemical leads and clinical candidates directed at novel first-in-class drug targets. In 1999, he took on the role of vice president of discovery research at Johnson & Johnson’s La Jolla, California location, where he establish a state-of-the-art drugs discovery institute. As site head, Dr. Jackson oversaw all aspects of the new institute, from building design to hiring the staff of 300 scientists. In 2001 Dr. Jackson’s responsibility was expanded and as senior vice president of drug discovery at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development (U.S.) he was responsible > 800 hundred drug discovery scientists spread over five sites in the United States. Under his leadership, this organization advanced many clinical candidates into development across 5 multiple therapeutic areas including CNS, Pain, Immunology, CV disease. In 2005, Dr. Jackson was appointed President of ALZA Corporation, a large biotech company acquired by Johnson & Johnson that focused on drug delivery. As president of ALZA, he was responsible for all aspects of a 1,200 person research and development organization, successfully gaining regulatory approval for multiple drug delivery products that leverage the Oros technology and a first in class iontophoretic patch for the treatment of pain.
Prior to his industry career Dr. Jackson was an assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute, where he published widely in the fields of cell biology and immunology. His work included identification of motifs that direct intracellular targeting of proteins to subcellular organelles, and the relevance of this and protein folding to antigen presentation and processing in the immune system. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee in Scotland.