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In the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology, drug discovery is the process by which new candidate medications are discovered.

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Phenotypic profiling in drug discovery

5 June 2019 | By , ,

Image-based phenotypic profiling of small molecules has been used for identification and characterisation of small molecules in drug discovery and can provide important insights into their mechanisms of action (MOA). This article discusses the use of phenotypic profiling in drug discovery and how machine-learning algorithms could help improve objectivity, processing…

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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…

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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…