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Curr Opin Drug Discov Devel. 2005 Jul;8(4):487-94.

High-throughput screening-driven lead discovery: meeting the challenges of finding new therapeutics.

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Pfizer Global Research and Development, New Leads Biology: Exploratory Medicinal Sciences, Groton Laboratories, MS-8118W-110, Eastern Point Road, Groton,CT 06340, USA.


The pharmaceutical industry faces a number of challenges that have cumulatively led to a decline in productivity, despite increasing levels of investment in research and development. It is in this context that some researchers and business analysts are questioning the value of the high-throughput screening (HTS) paradigm for the discovery of new therapeutics. While this criticism may be premature, significant changes are occurring in HTS-driven lead discovery to address the failure of drug candidates in the clinic. This article highlights some of these changes and their potential impact.

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