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Topic: ‘Small Molecules’


Navigating In REAL Chemical Space To Find Novel Medicines (Now 3.8 Billion Molecules)

   by Andrii Buvailo    1507
Navigating In REAL Chemical Space To Find Novel Medicines (Now 3.8 Billion Molecules)

[Latest update: 27.07.2018]

February 6 2018 will be marked in history as the day when an automobile embarked on a million year trip into far space. On that day, Falcon Heavy, the 230ft megarocket, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, bringing on board Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster with a crash test dummy called 'Starman' strapped into the driver's seat.

"The imagery of it is something that's going to get people excited around the world." says Elon Musk, a guy who literally revolutionized the area of space travel having developed and successfully tested first reusable rockets in the aerospace history, opening new horizons for cosmos explorations.

While advances in aeronautics are making news headlines daily, a much quieter scientific revolution is also happening in the area of “chemical space” explorations -- the one which might soon uncover novel medicines to cure diseases.

Will Biologics Surpass Small Molecules In The Pharma Race?

   by Andrii Buvailo    1086
Will Biologics Surpass Small Molecules In The Pharma Race?

The first biologics drug, humanized insulin (5.8 kDa), became available in 1982 following the advent of biotechnology, and it marked a new era in pharmaceutical industry. Modern advances in biotechnology permit large-scale syntheses of biologics in a more or less cost-effective manner. Having once started with large peptides and recombinant proteins, biologics nowadays include a wide range of other entities, such as antibodies, monoclonal antibodies, and more recently, nanobodies and related objects, soluble receptors, recombinant DNA, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), fusion proteins, immunotherapeutics, and synthetic vaccines.  

How Latest Drug Candidates Were Discovered? (Retrospective Review, 2016-2017)

   by Andrii Buvailo    687
How Latest Drug Candidates Were Discovered? (Retrospective Review, 2016-2017)

Recently D.G.Brown and J.Boström of AstraZeneca published an insightful analysis, where they reviewed lead generation research strategies behind 66 small molecule clinical candidates published over 2016-2017 in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.  

Below is a brief summary of some key statistics and ideas outlined in the work (I encourage reading the original paper, it contains a ton of valuable insights and a strong list of references).

Top 7 Trends In Pharmaceutical Research In 2018

   by Andrii Buvailo, Alfred Ajami    5200
Top 7 Trends In Pharmaceutical Research In 2018

Being under ever-increasing pressure to compete in a challenging economic and technological environment, pharmaceutical and biotech companies must continually innovate in their R&D programmes to stay ahead of the game.

External innovations come in different forms and originate in different places -- from university labs, to privately held venture capital-backed startups and contract research organizations (CROs). Let’s get to reviewing some of the most influential research trends which will be “hot” in 2018 and beyond, and summarize some of the key players driving innovations.