Institute of Cancer Research

Report: Vast swathes of human biology untouched by drug discovery programs

Monday, December 5, 2016

Scientists have created a map of all 1,578 licensed drugs and their mechanisms of action—as a means of identifying ‘uncharted waters’ in the search for future treatments. Their analysis of drugs licensed through the FDA reveals that 667 separate proteins in the human body have had drugs developed against them—just an estimated 3.5% of the 20,000 human proteins.

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Merck Serono to collaborate with Institute of Cancer Research, Wellcome Trust

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Merck Serono, the Germany-based biopharmaceutical division of Merck; the London-based Institute of Cancer Research (ICR); and the Wellcome Trust, a U.K. charitable foundation, have announced a co-development and license agreement building on two independent research programs at both the ICR and Merck Serono to identify inhibitors of tankyrase, an enzyme of the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family.

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