MEDINA is a Research Organization established in the Health Sciences Technology Park, Granada (Spain) as a private-public partnership between the Government of Andalucía (Spain), the University of Granada and Merck Sharp and Dohme de España S.A.

MEDINA is an independent and non profit entity with innovative research collaborations and contracts with academic and industrial partners worldwide. We are engaged in the discovery of novel drug candidates and new biomarkers with Pharma and Biotech companies, as well as of new products for use in crop protection for the Agrofood industry, Consumer products and new enzymes for industrial processes.

MEDINA owns one of the largest Collections of Microbial Strains and the most chemically diverse Natural Products Libraries with a longstanding, successful track record in delivering novel drug candidates for development as pharmaceuticals.

Our team has unique expertise in natural products microbiology, chemistry, high throughput screening, as well as a strong analytical chemistry platform for molecular structure elucidation.

We are currently active in drug and biomarker discovery programs in infectious diseases (including Gram negatives pathogens, tuberculosis and parasitic diseases), cancer, CNS, and rare diseases.

Leveraging our unique strengths in high precision-high throughput analytics and bioanalytics we are collaborating with clinical investigators in translational research programs for biomarker discovery and metabolomic profiling of patient samples.

Our mission is the discovery of biologically active molecules, enzymes and drug candidates for unmet industrial and medical needs.

Natural Products have been pivotal in inspiring chemists and providing innovative chemistry. With our Microbial Natural Product collection at the head of our research, we are able to contribute significantly to the discovery of new drugs and industrial solutions.

  • Area de Negocio
  • Servicios CRO CMO
  • Screening
  • Salud animal
  • Revalorización de Residuos y Biorremediación
  • Metabolómica
  • Inmunología
  • Infecciones
  • Fundaciones
  • Formación
  • Enfermedades genéticas
  • Drug discovery
  • Cáncer
  • Cultivos celulares
  • Control biológico (plagas..)
  • Biofármacos
  • Tipo de Empresa
  • Servicios y consultoría para el sector biotech
  • Biotecnología sanitaria
  • Biotecnología agroalimentaria - Veterinaria - Medio ambiente
  • Biotecnología industrial – Fabricantes
  • Servicios tecnológicos
  • Organizaciones públicas y privadas - Centros de investigación - Medical Facilities
Avda Conocimiento 34
Granada, Granada 18016, ES
T: +34 958 993 965


Olga Genilloud - Scientific Director

Diego Pozas - Business Manager

Francisca Vicente - Area Head Screening

Fernando Reyes – Area Head Chemistry


MEDINA has an extensive experience in drug discovery developing high throughput screening (HTS) programs with high quality collections of microbial natural product extracts and synthetic compounds in a large diversity of formats.MEDINA is currently developing collaborative research programs in all of the strategic areas through partnerships or whith internal or competitive funding.



Our ongoing investigations of basic questions in functional microbial diversity and secondary metabolism are directed at improving the quality of our microbial and natural products collections while advancing the understanding of microbial natural products biosynthesis.

Significant research is centered in the following areas:

  • Detection and molecular assessment of microbial diversity

  • Characterisation and identification of microorganisms, especially those that produces secondary metabolites

  • Evolutionary histories of microorganisms and their relationship to secondary metabolism

  • Development of cultivation methods and fermentation media for secondary metabolite expression

  • Molecular basis of microbial antagonism and secondary metabolite expression

  • Detection and molecular assessment of secondary metabolite pathways in individual organisms and in the metagenome


Our investigations in Natural Products Chemistry are focused on the development of new strategies for the isolation of novel bioactive natural products from microorganisms and other sources. Some of the research areas covered by our group are the following:

  • Exploration of new methodology for the preparation of extract and fraction collections.

  • Design of new semi-automated strategies for the bioassay-guided purification of natural products from microbial extracts.

  • Implementation of new dereplication tools based on LC-HRMS, LC-SPE-NMR, and DOSY NMR.

  • Development of new strategies for the isolation and structural characterization of new natural products at the nanomole scale.

  • Re-exploration of the andalusian flora applying these new approaches aimed at the discovery of novel bioactive molecules.


Fundación MEDINA approaches to drug discovery are focused on the search for novel therapeutics in infectious and

parasitic diseases (including new agents against multiresistant nosocomial Gram negative bacteria, tuberculosis and

malaria), oncology, neurodegeneration and rare diseases.


  • Natural Products Collection

  • Microbial Collection

  • Microbial Genetic Banks

  • Natural Products Extracts

  • Microbiology and Fermentation

  • Natural Products Chemistry

  • Mass Spectrometry and NMR

  • High Throughput Screening

  • Preclinical Safety

  • Bioanalytics & Metabolomics of novel bioactive molecules.

Education & Training

MEDINA’s commitment and contribution to the education of the next generation of Scientists

We are participating actively in a number of education & training programs:

  • Master Course in Regenerative Medicine, Universidad de Granada.
  • Master Course Molecular Biology applied to Biotechnology Bioenterprises, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, University of Granada.
  • International PhD Program Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, University of Granada
  • Leonardo DaVinci Projects, Mobility European Projects
  • Vocational Education Grade II Dual, Regional government of Andalucía
  • Youth Employment Program, Regional Government of Andalucía
  • Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN), European Union