Purdue University’s vision for a Life Sciences Park will change the face — and future — of Purdue University and its support of community and possibly the world.

Drug Discovery Building Campaign

A Drug Discovery Building, a health and human sciences research hall and a parking garage are the beginnings of an emerging Life and Health Sciences Park at Purdue University.

The park is adjacent to Discovery Park and it will grow to be a major factor in the University’s missions for teaching, research and engagement impacting the lives of people and economies. The $29 million Drug Discovery Building and the $54 million Lyles-Porter Hall, which includes a garage, are under construction and due for completion in 2014.

Lyles-Porter Hall will unite faculty, research facilities and learning spaces for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue’s clinics and research centers, and the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette.

The Center for Drug Discovery will bring together researchers from across campus creating a center of national excellence to push the frontiers of knowledge.

The Center for Drug Discovery will ease crowding in laboratories at Purdue, including in the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, where researchers like Philip Low, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, have developed powerful drugs that target cancer and inflammatory diseases. Low’s research group has several drugs in clinical trials through Endocyte, which is based at Purdue Research Park. State of Indiana funds are being used in the construction of the facility and there are many private giving naming opportunities available.

"The building will provide an atmosphere that supports the education and research goals of the participating entities."


“Students and faculty across campus are engaged in research that is leading to the development of therapies to treat disease,” said Jeff Roberts, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science. “With this new drug discovery facility, we are poised to make much greater advances.”

Low said the fact that Purdue will have a building devoted specifically to drug discovery demonstrates that the University is very serious about becoming a pre-eminent site for the discovery and development of new drugs.

“Our intention is to draw the attention of the world to not only the current quality of research in this field that is taking place at Purdue, but also our future potential as we expand and enhance our strength in the area,” he said.

Lyles-Porter Hall, with 61,000 assignable square feet, is named in honor of a $10 million 2009 gift from Marybeth Lyles-Porter Higuera, of Visalia, Calif. Higuera is a former speech pathologist who earned her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1959.

“The building will provide an atmosphere that supports the education and research goals of the participating entities,” says Christine Ladisch, dean of Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences. “It will preserve their individual cultures while expanding opportunities for crossdisciplinary learning and engagement.”

Lyles-Porter Hall is named to honor the parents, uncles, grandparents and father-in-law of Higuera. Her parents were Elizabeth (Venemann) Lyles and William M. Lyles Jr. Her father-in-law was George Porter. All were Purdue graduates.

“My gift represents a tribute to my family, as well as an investment in Purdue, the place that first taught me to shine,” Higuera said. “I enjoyed a successful 20-year career as a speech pathologist thanks to my Purdue education, and I am excited that I can help others who are passionate about speech, communication and health in general.”