Drug Discovery and Development

The drug discovery process involves identifying a suitable target that is a molecule or a protein receptor that is specifically associated with a disease condition or pathology. Once a target is identified, the next step involves understanding how the target plays a role in the disease process. This is followed by testing of the target against different known and new compounds to identify either one or several ‘lead compounds’ which interact with the target and show the potential to either neutralize or slow the disease process.

Once researchers identify a promising compound for development, they conduct experiments to gather information on how it is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted, best dosage, Side effects, how it interacts with other drugs and treatments and its effectiveness as compared with similar drugs. The part of the development process in which the candidate drug is thoroughly investigated, optimized, and prepared for testing in humans is referred to as the ‘preclinical phase’. During the clinical phase of development, the efficacy and safety of a drug candidate is investigated in patients

  • Research foundations and standards
  • Insights into a disease process
  • Drug development and study design
  • Testing molecular compounds
  • Screening and design of drugs
  • Enhance drug development

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