Highlight Article for Experimental Biology and Medicine

“Drug discovery and development: Biomarkers of neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration”, co-authored by Abigail L Walker, Syed Z Imam and  Ruth A Roberts, has been selected as a highlight article for Experimental Biology and Medicine’s 243:13 issue.

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The discovery and development of new drugs are vital if we are to improve and expand treatment options available to improve outcomes for patients. Overall, therapeutic strategies fall into two broad categories: small molecules and biologics, although more recently there has been a growth in novel platforms such as miRNAs and oligonucleotides. On average, the development of a small molecule drug takes around 12 years and costs around $50m. Despite this huge investment of time and money, attrition remains a major challenge and very few molecules actually make it through to the market. Here, we look at reasons for attrition in the small molecule field with a focus on neurotoxicology and efforts being made to improve success via the development of imaging and fluidic biomarkers. We also look at learnings from other models of CNS damage and degeneration such as Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis since these may offer the opportunity to improve tools available to nonclinical toxicologists in the early detection of potential neurotoxicity. Reciprocally, learnings from studies of animal neurotoxicity may offer better ways to potentially monitor patients during clinical development of new drugs for neurodegeneration.

Abigail L Walker, Syed Z Imam and Ruth A Roberts. Drug discovery and development: Biomarkers of neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration. Experimental Biology and Medicine 2018; 243: 1037–1045.

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About the Author:

Professor Ruth A Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath Director and Cofounder, ApconiX, UK and Chair and Director of Drug Discovery, University of Birmingham, UK Ruth is chair of drug discovery at Birmingham University, UK and Cofounder of ApconiX, an integrated toxicology and ion channel company that brings together a team of world-renowned nonclinical safety experts with over 400 years of drug discovery and development experience. Previously, Ruth was Global Head of Regulatory Safety at AstraZeneca and Director of Toxicology for Aventis. Ruth is an established science professional bringing rigorous expert thinking to toxicology, drug discovery and drug development. With >140 publications in peer reviewed journals, she is focused on reducing attrition attributable to safety and toxicity. A former president of the British Toxicology Society, former president of EUROTOX, former secretary to SOT and president elect of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, Ruth was the recipient of the SOT Achievement award in 2002, the EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Award in 2009 and the SOT Founders award in 2018 for outstanding leadership in toxicology.