Understanding drug targets: no such thing as bad news
How can small-to-medium pharma and biotech companies enhance the chances of running a successful drug project and maximise the return on a limited number of assets? Having a full appreciation of the safety risks associated with proposed drug targets is a crucial element in understanding the unwanted side-effects that might stop a project in its tracks. Having this information is necessary to complement knowledge about the probable efficacy of a future drug. However, the lack of data-rich insight into drug-target safety is one of the major causes of drug-project failure today. Conducting comprehensive target-safety reviews early in the drug discovery process enables project teams to make the right decisions about which drug targets to take forward.
Read more here: Roberts (2018). Understanding drug targets:no such thing as bad news. Drug Discovery Today. In Press
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Professor Ruth A Roberts, PhD, ATS, FBTS, ERT, FRSB, FRCPath. A co-founder of ApconiX, Ruth has 25 years of experience in leading roles in drug safety within large pharma. Ruth is also Chair and Director of Drug Discovery at The University of Birmingham, UK and was previously Global Head of Regulatory Safety at AstraZeneca. With over 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, she is former president of the British Toxicology Society, former president of EUROTOX, former secretary to SOT and President 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. Ruth is an established science professional bringing rigorous expert thinking to toxicology, drug discovery and drug development.