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AI-driven automated chemistry as a tool to accelerate drug discovery

15 May 2019 | By ,

Typically, early drug discovery campaigns start with the screening of chemical libraries to identify candidate chemotypes modulating a particular target and/or phenotype. Success of the primary screening depends on multiple factors related to both biology and chemistry. These include the target’s druggability, sensitivity and specificity of assay system, composition and…

Squaring the circle – cancer vaccines

8 May 2019 | By

By the 1890s William B. Coley had injected streptococcal organisms in patients with solid tumours (“Coley’s Toxins”) to activate the immune system. Coley (1862-1936) was an American bone surgeon and pioneer of cancer immunotherapy. He was convinced that post-surgical infections had helped patients to recover better from their cancer by…

Transforming drug discovery, development and delivery with flow chemistry

11 April 2019 | By ,

Flow chemistry is on the rise thanks to the commercial availability of benchtop continuous flow systems that has driven widespread adoption of the technique across a broad range of applications in both academia and industry. In particular, flow chemistry is delivering significant benefits in the area of drug discovery and…

Cell line development – global market drivers, trends and its impact on improving biologics development from early phase to IND during the drug discovery process

19 March 2019 | By

Cell line development is a major step for examining the efficiency of drug discovery, toxicity and in vitro testing. It reduces time, effort and cost, which minimises the chance of research drugs failing at the clinical trial stage. This stage involves the production of recombinant proteins such as monoclonal antibodies,…

Lab Automation In-Depth Focus 2019

18 March 2019 | By

In this In-Depth Focus: realising the promise of laboratory automation in biomedical research, drug discovery from the age of information to the age of intelligence, and transforming drug discovery, development and delivery with flow chemistry.

Hit-to-lead discovery at a nonprofit research institute

7 February 2019 | By

Small molecule drug discovery has long been the domain of pharmaceutical companies, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. But there’s a cadre of universities and nonprofit research institutes that have embraced drug development at its earliest stages, in some cases identifying and optimising compounds that target possible disease-driving…

Small molecules could have big benefits in the battle against cancers

15 January 2019 | By

Immunotherapy and targeted treatments, including targeted chemotherapy, continue to show great potential in cancer care. Future steps in their development will involve improving their ability to treat a wider range of cancers and a broader cross-section of the patient population, especially those for whom current treatments have shown limited efficacy...

Beyond ‘simple’ biology – turning organoids, spheroids, and 3D tissue models into physiologically relevant high-content assays for drug discovery

11 December 2018 | By

Drug discovery is still hampered by the routine use of cell-based models that often fail to recapitulate the truly relevant biological complexity of the corresponding disease. Just moving from two- (2D) towards three-dimensional (3D) cell culture model systems like spheroids and organoids is not enough to generate truly representative and…