CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow has instituted CDRI Awards in the year 2004 to recognize scientific excellence in the country in the area of Drug Research and Development. There are two separate individual awards each for the area of Chemical Sciences and Life Sciences. These awards are given annually to the Indian Nationals of below 45 years who have carried out outstanding research work in the area having direct bearing on Drug Research and Development.
The Indian pharmaceutical sector would soon be showcasing new drugs for malaria, oste porosis and diabetes, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said. The candidate drugs are currently undergoing clinical trials, he said.