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This meeting took place in 2001

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The Impact of Genomics on Drug Discovery and Development (B5)

Organizer(s) Brian Metcalf, Paul A. Bartlett and Elliott Sigal
February 2—7, 2001
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel • Santa Fe, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 2, 2000
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 1, 2000

Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute and Pfizer Global Research & Development

Summary of Meeting:
The 1990’s saw a revolution in the technologies underpinning drug discovery. Initiated by genomics, the flood of new potential targets to be addressed demanded dramatic changes in target validation strategies followed by paradigm shifts in lead generation approaches. The ability to rapidly amass gene sequence data also spawned new areas post lead discovery - pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics. As development candidates move down the drug discovery/development pipelines, readjustment in preclinical development approaches has also been demanded as new technologies impact on safety assessment and drug metabolism. In turn, fundamental changes in approaches to claims in patent applications have occurred without corresponding changes in government patent office policies. As of this writing, while new approaches to lead discovery and optimization are firmly entrenched in the industry, there is not yet an impact of this dislocation of traditional approaches on the composition of clinical portfolios. It will be the general theme of the 2001 Keystone meeting to examine the current status of impact of these new technologies and policies.

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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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