Improving Assay Development to Streamline Discovery

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One of the earliest stages in the drug discovery process is the development of assays that can be used to evaluate the effects of chemical compounds on cellular, molecular, or biochemical processes of interest. Since these assays will form the basis of programs that may run for many years, it’s essential that they are not only specific and reproducible, but they should also be cost-effective. While many researchers perform their own assay development in-house, the process can be extremely time-consuming, tying up valuable internal resource for prolonged periods of time. To overcome this issue, many companies are instead purchasing commercially available assay development tools or outsourcing their assay development process to specialized service providers, with the aim of streamlining drug discovery and driving much-needed pharmaceuticals more quickly to market.

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