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Posts tagged with "Drug Development"

  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    How Many New Drug Targets Aren’t Even Real?

    So, are half the interesting new results in the medical/biology/med-chem literature impossible to reproduce? I linked earlier this year to an informal estimate from venture capitalist Bruce Booth, who said that this was his (and others’) experience in the business. Now comes a new study from Bayer Pharmaceuticals that helps put some backing b… Read More
  • Drug Development

    GlaxoSmithKline Reviews the Troops

    Several readers sent along this article from the Times of London (via the Ottawa Citizen) on GlaxoSmithKline’s current research setup. You can tell that the company is trying to get press for this effort, because otherwise these are the sorts of internal arrangements that would never be in the newspapers. (The direct quotes from the… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Chinese Pharma: No Shortage of Ambition, Anyway

    When does China take the next step in drug research? They already have a huge contract research industry, and they have branches of many of the major pharma companies. But when does a Chinese startup, doing its own research with its own people in China, develop its own international-level drug pipeline? (We’ll leave aside the… Read More
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Bernard Munos Rides Again

    I’ve been meaning to link to Matthew Herper’s piece on Bernard Munos and his ideas on what’s wrong with the drug business. Readers will recall several long discussions here about Munos and his published thoughts (Parts one, two, three and four). A take-home message: So how can companies avoid tossing away billions on medicines tha… Read More
  • Drug Development

    2011 Drug Approvals Are Up: We Rule, Right?

    I’ve been meaning to comment on this article from the Wall Street Journal – the authors take a look at the drug approval numbers so far this year, and speculate that the industry is turning around. Well, put me in the “not so fast” category. And I have plenty of company there. Neither Bruce Booth… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Will Macrocycles Get It Done?

    Here’s an article from Xconomy on Ensemble Therapeutics, a company that spun off from work in David Liu’s lab at Harvard. Their focus these days is on a huge library of macrocyclic compounds (prepared by using DNA tags to bring the reactants together, which is a topic for a whole different post). They’re screening against… Read More
  • Drug Assays

    Phenotypic Screening For the Win

    Here’s another new article in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery that (for once) isn’t titled something like “The Productivity Crisis in Drug Research: Hire Us And We’ll Consult Your Problems Away”. This one is a look back at where drugs have come from. Looking over drug approvals (259 of them) between 1999 and 2008, the au… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Innovation and Return (Europe vs. the US)

    Here’s another look at the productivity problems in drug R&D. The authors are looking at attrition rates, development timelines, targets and therapeutic areas, and trying to find some trends to explain (or at least illuminate) what’s been going on. Their take? Attrition rates have been rising at all phases of drug development, and m… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Drug R&D Spending Now Down (But Look at the History)

    I hate to be such a shining beacon of happiness today, but this news can’t very well be ignored, can it? For the first time ever, total drug R&D spending seems to have declined: The global drug industry cut its research spending for the first time ever in 2010, after decades of relentless increases, and… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    What Translational Research Should Academia Do?

    We’ve talked quite a bit around here about academic (and nonindustrial) drug discovery, but those posts have mostly divided into two parts. There’s the early-stage discovery work that really gets done in some places, and then there’s the proposal for the big push into translational research by the NIH. That, broadly defined, is (a… Read More
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