The center was founded with a generous gift from School of Pharmacy alumni Mr. Lonnie Moulder and his wife, Sharon. Both were graduates of the Class of 1980. In addition, research seed funds were made available by the Provost of Temple University to recruit a distinguished drug discovery leader to spearhead the center’s efforts. The center’s director and Associate Dean for Research at Temple University School of Pharmacy, Dr. Magid Abou-Gharbia, is a well known leader in the field of drug discovery. Prior to joining Temple University’s Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in 2008, Dr. Abou-Gharbia was Senior Vice President of Discovery Research at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. In October, 2009, the Moulder Center received an NIH RC1 Challenge grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In April of 2010, the Moulder Center and its collaborator, Shifa Biomedical received an SBIR grant to anti-hypercholesterolemic agents, and in 2011 the Moulder Center received funding from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to develop PET imaging agents as diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s disease.