Recently resolved X-ray crystal structure of HIF-1alpha prolyl hydroxylase was used to design and develop a novel series of pyrazolopyridines as potent HIF-1alpha prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors. The activity of these compounds was determined in a human EGLN-1 assay. Structure-based design aided in optimizing the potency of the initial lead (2, IC(50) of 11 microM) to a potent (11l, 190 nM) EGLN-1 inhibitor. Several of these analogs were potent VEGF inducers in a cell-based assay. These pyrazolopyridines were also effective in stabilizing HIF-1alpha.