The Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory in Lucknow, India, employing scientific personnel from various areas of biomedical sciences. It is one of the first laboratories to be established in India right after its independence. CDRI is among the thirty-nine laboratories that are functioning under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India. CDRI was formally inaugurated on 17 February 1951 by the then prime minister of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.