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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,…

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…

PAINS management: an open source model to eliminate nuisance compounds

4 December 2018 | By

High-throughput screening (HTS) technologies have enabled the routine testing of millions of compounds towards the identification of novel ‘hit’ molecules for therapeutic targets. Oftentimes in this drug discovery process, however, compounds that show promising activity in primary screens show no activity during subsequent hit qualification or progression efforts.

Targeting innate immunity to treat disease: potential therapeutic applications

3 December 2018 | By , , ,

Despite being one of the more ancient aspects of immunity, therapeutic modulation of the innate immune system has rarely been attempted. Innate immunity is intrinsically linked to the generation of inflammation – necessary for signalling to the adaptive immune system but often self-perpetuating and over-exaggerated, leading to deleterious effects, including…

Drug Target Review – Issue 4 2018

26 November 2018 | By

In this issue: Omics-informed drug target discovery in combating emerging infectious diseases, measuring intracellular ATP levels to access compound-mediated cellular toxicity, and turning organoids into physiologically relevant high-content assays for drug discovery.