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Medical screening is a strategy used to identify the possible presence of an as-yet-undiagnosed disease in individuals without signs or symptoms.
Researchers have developed a screening system and identified a set of compounds that protect neuronal mitochondria in mice.
Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs) are one of the most common immunoassays on the market.
Lab-grown brain organoids from patients’ glioblastomas could be useful models to rapidly test and identify effective personalised treatments, find researchers.
It is said that, on average, it takes a new drug 12 years to go from research lab to patient, with many thousands of candidates discarded along the way. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help to speed things up? Sheraz Gul and Alp Sahin provide an overview of an AI approach…
Researchers have developed a luciferase assay that can be used to monitor the effects of treatments on six different molecular targets at once.
Unlike synthetic compound libraries, natural product hits must be identified and characterised, as the molecule is often unknown. Venom peptides are often inherently stable due to cysteine knots whereas other peptides may not be. Steve and Carol Trim discuss the challenges of the hit-to-lead journey with these non-standard hits.
Gene editing using the CRISPR system has been established as the most powerful tool in the search for new drugs and is now being exploited for therapeutic purposes. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the promises and wider opportunities of using CRISPR technology to open up the possibility of large-scale screening of…
Open innovation – a collaboration between academia and the pharmaceutical industry to further leverage drug discovery expertise and assets
Increasing numbers of companies in the pharma industry are consolidating their services and outsourcing to CROs to reduce business costs. AstraZeneca’s Marian Preston, David Murray and Mark Wigglesworth discuss how this can not only drive innovation but also prove successful in identifying lead compounds, as evidenced through recent collaborations.
Expert view – The Octet HTX system: enabling multi-purpose screening of therapeutic biologics during development
Current trends in the development of therapeutic biologics suggest that engineered molecules such as bispecific antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates are the future of the industry, yet despite this, monoclonal antibody (mAb) development remains a dominant focus.
Kinase-mediated phosphorylation is a control point for nearly all activity within a cell, making kinases important in many diseases.
This issue includes a discussion on the future of high-throughput screening through collaboration, an analysis of mass spectrometry as a structural biology tool and an exploration of the challenges of hit-to-lead when researching tropical diseases. Also in the issue are articles on immuno-oncology and assays.