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  • The Current issue of “The view from here” is concerned with Novel Targets.
    The topic of this month’s newsletter from Drug Discovery Today is “Novel Targets”.
  • Catalent Signs Agreement to Acquire Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc.$133 Million Deal Adds European Early Development Center of Excellence to Global Network
    Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT), the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), including its Nottingham, U.K.-based Juniper Pharma Services division. When combined with Catalent’s existing industry-leading drug development and manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. and Europe, the acquisition of Juniper will expand and strengthen Catalent’s offerings in formulation development, bioavailability solutions and clinical-scale oral dose manufacturing, and will complement its integrated global clinical and commercial supply network.
  • Scientists create a complete atlas of lung tumor cells
    Researchers from VIB, Leuven University and University Hospital Leuven studied thousands of healthy and cancerous lung cells to create the first comprehensive atlas of lung tumor cells. Their results reveal that tumors are much more complex than previously appreciated, distinguishing 52 different types of cells. This new information can be used to identify new research lines for treatment. The results of the study will be published in the leading journal Nature Medicine.
  • Cancer Models Platform is eliminating barriers for researchers in drug discovery
    Cambridge (UK) tech start-up, Repositive, has introduced new features to its Cancer Models Platform, responding to feedback from the platform’s growing user base. The platform provides oncology researchers with a holistic, searchable, comparable view of existing cancer models, whilst providing Contract Research Organisations (CROs) - the providers of the cancer models - with a tool to market, manage and analyse their models.
  • Advanced in vitro methodologies demonstrate new paradigms for toxicological testing
    Scientists from Philip Morris International (PMI) have presented details of a series of advanced techniques for the in vitro toxicological assessment of complex mixtures. For the scientific assessment of heated tobacco and e-cigarette aerosols, PMI has developed and tested methodologies using human cells grown in three-dimensional cultures, networks-based systems toxicological analysis, and organ-on-a-chip models combining cells from multiple human organs.
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  • The Promise of Epigenetics in Early Stage Drug Discovery
    Epigenetic targets are exciting to drug discovery scientists because they hold great potential across a wide spectrum of therapeutic areas. The field of epigenetics focuses on the investigation of enzymes that alter gene expression through modification of their target substrates, usually through the addition or removal of methyl or acetyl groups. High-throughput assays to identify agents capable of modifying the action of such enzyme targets has, in the past, proven to be challenging due to the relatively small molecular alterations in addition to the possibility of sequential modifications, leading to multiple end products. As such, high-throughput bioassays that allow the direct, concurrent quantification of multiple modification states are attractive. The RapidFire platform enables high-throughput mass spectrometric analysis of native molecules from in vitro reactions by performing on-line desalting in seconds, as opposed to HPLC, which requires minutes. Moreover, the RapidFire system can be connected to any mass spectrometer providing unparalleled versatility in reaction detection.
  • Integrated Quant / Qual for In-vivo Discovery Bioanalysis using Hybrid Quadrupole-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
    Ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) coupled with orthogonal acceleration hybrid quadrupole-time-of-flight (QqTOF) mass spectrometry is an emerging technique offering new strategies for the efficient screening of new chemical entities (NCE) and related molecules at the early discovery stage within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Drug Delivery: enabling technology for discovery and development
    The integration of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic parameters in non clinical pharmacology studies is a key aspect in drug discovery for efficacy and safety assessment, in the particular for the translation from the non clinical to the clinical field. Modeling the profile of plasma exposure achieved with the intended therapeutic route often requires the use of intravenous infusion. In addition, in most cases infusion parameters (infusion rate, volume, duration and sequences) need to be customized to achieve the appropriate pattern of plasma drug exposure. When pharmacodynamic parameters are recorded by telemetry, the use of implantable pumps rather than external pumps is necessary to preserve the improvement in physiological data recording offered by telemetry.
  • Part 2: How has HR-MS technology fundamentally changed the way we study drug biotransformation and disposition?
    AB SCIEX is proud to present the 2nd installment of a Global 4-Part Live Webinar Series exploring novel and dynamic workflows for Metabolite Identification & Drug Metabolism solutions as it pertains to the 4 main stages of the drug discovery and development paradigm, Lead Discovery, Late Stage Discovery, Early Development and Late Stage Development. Part 2 of this webinar series will focus on how HRMS technology has fundamentally changed the way metabolite biotransformations are investigated in Lead Discovery.
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