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Drug Discov Today. 2009 Jul;14(13-14):668-75. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2009.04.007. Epub 2009 May 7.

From fragment to clinical candidate--a historical perspective.

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Astex Therapeutics Ltd., 436 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0QA, UK.


As recently as ten years ago few scientists had heard of fragment screening, let alone considered low molecular weight fragments (MW <300) with weak binding affinities to be attractive start points for drug discovery programmes. Today, however, there is widespread acceptance that these fragments can be progressed into lead series and on to become clinical candidates. Consequently, over the past three to four years, fragment-based drug discovery has become firmly established within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as a complimentary strategy to high-throughput screening. In this review, we give a historical perspective of how rapidly fragment-based drug discovery has developed and describe a number of clinical compounds discovered using this approach.

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