Sprinkling the pixie dust: reflections on innovation and innovators in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery

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Practical suggestions for enhancing innovation by managers and bench scientists in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery are discussed: ‘sprinkling pixie dust’


Pharmaceutical innovation is in short supply. Many diagnoses have been made and remedies prescribed by those in the industry and those that follow it. There is much less practical advice for the individual about becoming more innovative or managing innovation at the laboratory level, which is where new medicines are discovered. This article collates and reviews ideas culled  from the literature and encountered over many years by medicinal chemists, team leaders and project leaders in a big pharma.

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