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This meeting took place in 2005

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Meeting the Challenges of Drug Discovery (A6)

Organizer(s) Stephen W. Fesik and Michael D. Varney
January 15—20, 2005
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Vancouver, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Sep 20, 2004
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Early Registration Deadline: Nov 15, 2004

Sponsored by Iconix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and ICOS Corporation

Summary of Meeting:
The drug discovery process is difficult, challenging, costly, and often leads to failure. Nevertheless, it is critical that we continue to discover new drugs to meet the many unmet medical needs. To reduce the costs and improve the success of drug discovery and development, new technologies and strategies have been developed. To aid in the target identification and validation steps of the drug discovery process, RNAi technology for gene knockdown is playing an important role along with large-scale gene knockouts in animals. Novel screening approaches, high-throughput synthesis, iterative structure-based design, and in vitro toxicity assays are aiding lead identification and optimization. In addition, approaches are being developed for identifying and utilizing biomarkers in clinical trials to improve the success of drug approval. Advances have also been made in the discovery of biomolecules for the treatment of disease. In this Keystone Symposium, approaches for streamlining and improving drug discovery and development will be discussed that include enabling technologies to aid in target identification/validation and lead identification/optimization, strategies for discovering and applying DNA, RNA, and protein biomarkers in pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, and the use of biologicals to treat disease. In addition, success stories on new drug candidates will be presented.

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