drug | drəɡ | noun: a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body
discover | dəˈskəvər | verb: to find something unexpectedly or in the course of a search
Today’s armamentarium of therapeutic products has expanded dramatically in recent years to include a cadre of biologics, such as antibodies, in addition to traditional small molecule chemicals (“drugs”). Nonetheless, nearly all of the top 100 most prescribed therapeutics continue to be small molecule drugs. Thus, drug discovery and its core disciplines – including medicinal chemistry – remain a hotbed of innovation.
Given the continued importance of drug discovery, we assembled a diverse panel of practicing “drug hunters” to discuss the following:
What is the latest in lead-finding technologies?
The current range of potential therapeutic chemotypes has broadened significantly.
The days of everything being done in-house at “big pharma” are long gone, with both large and small biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies outsourcing substantial research and development (R&D) efforts to contract or clinical R&D service organizations (CROs).
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