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Drug Discov Today. 2012 Jun;17(11-12):538-43. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2012.01.010. Epub 2012 Jan 25.

Medicinal chemistry matters - a call for discipline in our discipline.

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Rapier Research Ltd, Great Milton, Oxford, United Kingdom. cjohnstone@rapier-research.co.uk

Abstract

Medicinal chemistry makes a vital contribution to small molecule drug discovery, and the quality of it contributes directly to research effectiveness as well as to downstream costs, speed and survival in development. In recent years, the discipline of medicinal chemistry has evolved and witnessed many noteworthy contributions that propose and offer potential improvements to medicinal chemistry practice; however, the impact of these ideas is limited by their acceptance and deployment into every-day activity and, as a result, the quality of medicinal chemistry remains variable. For the good of the industry and the medicinal chemistry discipline, there is a need to move from retrospective learning to prospective control of medicinal chemistry practice to improve cost effectiveness, probability of success and survival rates.

PMID:
22301070
DOI:
10.1016/j.drudis.2012.01.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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