SMALL MOLECULES SOLVING BIG PROBLEMS: PRESENT AND FUTURE OF DRUG DISCOVERY

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Anna Lucia Fallacara
Iuni Margaret Laura Tris
Amalia Belfiore
Maurizio Botta *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Maurizio Botta | botta.maurizio@gmail.com

Abstract

The Drug development process has undergone a great change over the years. The way, from haphazard discovery of new natural products with a potent biological activity to a rational design of small molecule effective against a selected target, has been long and sprinkled with difficulties. The oldest drug development models are widely perceived as opaque and inefficient, with the cost of research and development continuing to rise even if the production of new drugs remains constant. The present paper, will give an overview of the principles, approaches, processes, and status of drug discovery today with an eye towards the past and the future.

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