Tagged: Drug Discovery

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Turning to Frog Skin for New Biologic Peptide Drugs

Looking for medicinal properties in natural compounds is the cornerstone of drug discovery, with many drugs on the market originating from or inspired by plant or animal metabolites. Frog skin secretions contain hundreds of biologically active peptides, piquing the interest...

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Insulin: From Inspiring Discovery to Deadly Expense

Half a billion people today suffer from diabetes – a disease that causes high blood glucose levels. While many diseases remain untreatable, this isn’t the case with diabetes. The remarkable discovery and subsequent development of insulin injections has saved and...

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Strategies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Drug resistance is a common issue in drug discovery programs. After the long and expensive process of developing a drug, the last thing you want is to find that it doesn’t provide a therapeutic effect. Drug resistance is prevalent in...

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Medicinal Chemistry: Lead Modification and Optimization

Medicinal chemistry lays the foundation for the drug discovery process. A strong lead compound increases the chances of a pharmaceutical company developing a strong drug candidate, with better chances of success later on. Once a lead compound or ‘hit’ has...