"Drugging the UndruggableĒ Symposium Highlights Advances in Treating Cancer, Diabetes and Other Major Diseases
Released on: September 10, 2010, 8:46 am
Global Health Progress
Scientists from government, industry, and academia presenting
at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society released
a new report highlighting advances in creating the next generation of
medicines for treating cancer, diabetes, and other major diseases.
The report, which was featured during the special symposium, "Drugging the
Undruggable,” summarized progress in drug development for diseases that were once
considered “untouchable.” These treatments specifically targeted conditions where
previous efforts to develop a drug therapyhad failed.
However, after decades of a seemingly impossible search, scientists appear to be
making a breakthrough in the area of drug development to treat cancers and other
diseases. As Science Daily noted in their coverage of the report and symposium,
scientists have identified “stapled peptides," a new family of potential drugs
capable of blocking a key protein that's involved in the development of cancer.
Global Health Progress (GHP) supports symposium presenters’ statements regarding the
importance of these type of drug developments. For instance, Gregory Verdine, a
chemical biologist at Harvard University, explained:
"The entire pharmaceutical industry has been working on drug-design platforms that
focus on this little sliver of human drug targets and this limits the drug arsenal
available to doctors. What's required is an entirely new class of drugs that
overcome the shortcomings of drugs of the past."
Innovative research and development (R&D) of new drugs is critical in improving
overall healthcare, combating epidemics and fighting diseases. Drug development is
just one way research-based biopharmaceutical companies serve as active partners in
some of the largest and boldest health initiatives that explore new and effective
ways to provide treatment, care and education to millions of people both
domestically and internationally.
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