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Discovery of Medicines

Discovery of Medicines

This theme aims to translate findings into the identification of medicines for the treatment of human diseases.

Diverse research skills

Discovering medicines is a complex process. It requires teams of scientists with diverse and complementary skills.

Such expertise includes:

  • the use of methods to reveal or verify targets that drive disease processes
  • the use of screening strategies to identify molecules that interfere with a target’s activity
  • techniques to progress iterative medicinal chemistry for drug development

Partnerships with industry

The Discovery of Medicines theme also incorporates technologies and approaches for examining:

  • drug activity
  • transport
  • toxicity

This enables the identification of therapeutics and their development from laboratory to clinic. This often involves academic-industry partnerships.

Real-world contribution

The theme hosts the Cancer Research UK Newcastle Drug Discovery Unit. From here, our researchers have already contributed to the discovery of marketed cancer drugs.

Theme members are now attempting to identify treatments for other indications. They build from established Faculty research into anti-microbial diseases and metabolic disorders.