Early stages of drug discovery start with initial steps of target identification and moves to the later stages of lead optimization. Multiple sources including academic research, clinical works, and commercial sector help in the identification of a suitable disease target. The chosen target is then used by the pharmaceutical industry and more recently by some academic centers to identify molecules for making acceptable drugs. The process involves various early steps.
Figure 1.Early Drug Discovery
Target identification and characterization begins with identifying the function of a possible therapeutic target (gene/protein) and its role in the disease. Identification of the target is followed by characterization of the molecular mechanisms addressed by the target. A good target should be efficacious, safe, meet clinical and commercial requirements and be "druggable".
Target Validation shows that a molecular target is directly involved in a disease process, and that modulation of the target is likely to have a therapeutic effect. The most important criteria for target validation is to take multi-validation approach.
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