Moving Science

Our experts turn what couldn’t be done into what we can’t live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene.


We are Conduits between Science and Society

With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science because the promise of a brighter future moves us.

Core Focus Areas

We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serves a fundamental role in moving science.

Scientific Platforms

Our teams work to discover treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and COVID-19. In concert with state and national partners, we research solutions that prevent disease, improve quality of life and reduce health disparities across the U.S.

CRO Services

We are committed to scientific and operational excellence in support of our clients’ objectives. With expertise in bioanalytical sciences, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, cancer, infectious diseases, and toxicology, we support the entire drug discovery and development pipeline as well as testing of environmental and occupational hazards.

Environmental Sciences

Southern Research is a national leader in innovative solutions for clean energy, air and water. In partnership with leading utilities, government agencies, academic institutions, and others, we work to improve the health conditions of our communities.


We activate the next generation of scientists through our STEM education programming, field trips, in-class demonstrations, and camp activities. Our experts create fun laboratory experiments and STEM experiences with real-world applications.


Ways to Partner

We have commercial, government, and industry partnership opportunities. Our work includes licensing patents, co-investing in furthering intellectual property, collaborating to create new intellectual property, and leveraging research to drive biotechnology product development.

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Moving Science

This year marked a series of strategic decisions that paved the way for substantial investment in our Birmingham facilities and a significant expansion of our core mission to drive biomedical research. Read about our renewed vision, bold strategy and stories from our community of science in our 2021-2022 Year in Review.

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Science Solutions

Our experts are leaders in the innovation of biotech solutions for our partners. See how our community of science can support your clinical and preclinical research.

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Who We Are

Our vibrant teams of experts and professional staff are dedicated to driving scientific breakthroughs that improve our community and help heal the world.

Brantley Fry

Donghui Bao

Kathryn Lanier

Monica Mason

Omar Moukha-Chafiq

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Featured News

Coming soon to a doctor’s office near you: Access to cutting-edge research and care

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Coming soon to a doctor’s office near you: Access to cutting-edge research and care

March 17, 2023

By Josh Carpenter, Ph.D. Growing up in North Alabama, I remember watching movie trailers with excitement. They always ended with a deep voice that said, “opening soon in select theaters near you.” As it turns out, those openings were never “near me” since my local theater was not one ...
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Southern Research launches Venture Studio

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Southern Research launches Venture Studio

November 22, 2022

Southern Research has launched a Venture Studio to develop startups that will bring new therapeutic products to market. In conjunction with its partners, Southern Research has more than 20 drug programs currently in preclinical development. These programs hold enormous potential for patients i...
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Moving Science in the next 80 years

Moving Science in the next 80 years

September 29, 2022

Since our founding in Birmingham more than 80 years ago, Southern Research has played a pivotal role in Birmingham’s economy and in the scientific advances that have transformed our world. In the past year, we’ve updated our logo and refreshed our website, but we are still doing today w...
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Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

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Southern Research breaks ground on new biotech center and campus renovations

May 16, 2022

Birmingham, Ala. – Southern Research today broke ground on a flagship biotech center that will anchor the development of 200,000 square feet of new or renovated wet lab space for life sciences. The new facility, located on the corner of Richa...
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Be the Breakthrough

In our 80-year legacy, Southern Research has helped shape the modern science community locally and nationally. Every layer of our team of scientific and professional staff serves a fundamental role in moving science. Grow your career alongside a team dedicated to healing the world.

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Building the New Nexus of Alabama Biotech

We’re making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 60,000 sq ft of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space, and data science facilities. We’re investing in renovations of 40,000 sq ft of facilities including vivarium space and a new clinical diagnostics lab. Our team will grow 125 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama.

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Research and Publications

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Results

March 25, 2021

Vaccine Candidate TNX-1800 Protected Both Upper and Lower Airways After Challenge with SARS-CoV-2, Suggesting an Ability to Block Forward Transmission   TNX-1800 is Based on a Proprietary Vaccine Platform Designed to Stimulate Long ...
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Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 Vaccine Research Update

Southern Research and Tonix Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 Vaccine Research Update

November 25, 2020

On the 16th of November, 2020, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced preliminary results for a live attenuated COVID-19 vaccine candidate engineered to express the SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) spike protein after vaccination. The research is part of a...
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Southern Research, Tonix expand COVID-19 vaccine collaboration

Southern Research, Tonix expand COVID-19 vaccine collaboration

July 22, 2020

Southern Research announced an expansion of its strategic collaboration with New York-based Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. to include a study of immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This research...
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Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) recently purchased the Southern Research engineering division to form Kratos SRE and will maintain operations in Birmingham with the goal to grow and create more than 150 new local jobs. 

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