Drug Discovery: A Historical Perspective

Driven by chemistry but increasingly guided by pharmacology and the clinical sciences, drug research has contributed more to the progress of medicine during the past century than any other scientific factor

Jürgen Drews

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • Driven by chemistry but increasingly guided by pharmacology and the clinical sciences, drug research has contributed more to the progress of medicine during the past century than any other scientific factor
  • The advent of molecular biology and, in particular, of genomic sciences is having a deep impact on drug discovery
  • Genome sciences, combined with bioinformatic tools, allow us to dissect the genetic basis of multifactorial diseases and to determine the most suitable points of attack for future medicines, thereby increasing the number of treatment options
  • The biotech industry is establishing itself as the discovery arm of the pharmaceutical industry
  • In bridging the gap between academia and large pharmaceutical companies, the biotech firms have been effective instruments of technology transfer

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