MDC Connects: A Guide to Drug Discovery

Published by Medicines Discovery Catapult

Drug DiscoveryTarget IdentificationSmall Molecules

This guideline is a summary presentation from the Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) webinars. The aim was to create a resource of modern drug discovery knowledge to support small companies who are developing their own medicines. The guideline is focused on preclinical research with an emphasis on small molecules in the following topics:
• What makes, and how to identify, a good target
• Methods to identify the chemical compound which would become the drug
• How to optimise that drug
• How to test it works in models of disease
• And how to demonstrate that it would be safe to dose in humans

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