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A Clear Example of AI Value For Drug Discovery Has Arrived

   by Andrii Buvailo    300
A Clear Example of AI Value For Drug Discovery Has Arrived

With all the hot discussions (for instance, here, here, here and here) going on right now among medicinal chemists, pharmaceutical researchers, and data scientists as to what artificial intelligence (AI) means for the future of drug discovery, the life science world has divided into “AI-believers”, “AI-atheists”, and “AI-agnostics”.

It is useless to repeat what has been many times said about successes of AI in areas like natural language processing, image processing, pattern recognition and self-driving cars (here is the summary), but few of us knew if those sort of results (or any meaningful results at all) could possibly be achieved with such complex systems as biological organisms… Finally, however, a hint of hope arrived.   

A Brief Guide To Assay Technology For Efficient Drug Discovery -- Part 1

   by Alfred Ajami    304
A Brief Guide To Assay Technology For Efficient Drug Discovery -- Part 1

Effective drug discovery begins with the right assay, but the definition of "right" will shift as technology advances. More often than not, "right" is the product of tribal knowledge, namely the traditions of one's close peer group, study lineage and corporate culture. Instead, the right assay should be a fit-for-purpose application born of  a broader, continuously updated, and unbiased consensus. As Steve Hamilton, aka The Lab Man, at the Society for Laboratory Automation  and Screening (SLAS) has often stated in his blog posts, "developing assays – properly – is the cornerstone for life sciences R&D." 

Three Insights For Immuno-oncology Drug Discovery

   by Alfred Ajami    1648
Three Insights For Immuno-oncology Drug Discovery

Immunotherapies are hot property. Immuno-oncology is the crown jewel. But the road to riches, and more importantly cancer cures, is now crowded and full of potholes. Drug hunters need to look ahead, beyond the discovery process itself, to the reality of the many impediments that will confront drug candidates as they proceed towards the clinic in today's landscape. Here, I present three insights from current events, the third one taking a contrarian position.

The Homunculus Metaphor Revisited In Drug Discovery: Body-on-a-Chip

   by Alfred Ajami    480
The Homunculus Metaphor Revisited In Drug Discovery: Body-on-a-Chip

The16th century alchemical and 19th century science fiction revival of a miniature human being in a test tube is undergoing a radical upgrade. Microfluidics,  complex organoid cultures, and nanodetection of phenotypic and genomic outputs are turning the metaphor into a reality to be seriously reckoned with in drug R&D. Here are recent highlights from the (mostly) open access literature, which should bring drug hunters up to speed

36 Web Resources For Target Hunting In Drug Discovery

   by Alfred Ajami, Andrii Buvailo    1409
36 Web Resources For Target Hunting In Drug Discovery

Choosing the right biological target or a combination of targets is a fundamental task for any successful drug discovery project. All the subsequent efforts -- be it a small molecule hit identification, lead optimization, pharmacokinetic studies, or a clinical trial -- will just be as effective, at the end of the day, as was the initial decision to choose one target or another.