University of New Mexico

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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NIH launches Illuminating the Druggable Genome to find potential drug targets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NIH has announced a new collaborative initiative to improve human health by exploring poorly understood genes that have the potential to be modified by medicines. The effort is part of an NIH Common Fund three-year pilot project called Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG). For the initial phase of the program, NIH has allocated $5.8 million to eight institutions and for intramural resources.

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Oncothyreon acquires Alpine Biosciences

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oncothyreon, a Washington-based biotechnology company specializing in the development of innovative therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, has acquired Alpine Biosciences, a Seattle, Wash.-based privately held biotechnology company developing protocells, a nanoparticle platform technology designed to enable the targeted delivery of multiple therapeutic agents, including nucleic acids, proteins, peptides and small molecules. 

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