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Molecular Relatives: Prodrugs

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by

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I’m an avid sailor, and on our boat we have an amazing device known as a water-maker. It is probably one of the most useful pieces of equipment on board for long cruises, as it takes in sea water, and, through a process of reverse osmosis, provides potable drinking water. Continue reading “Molecular Relatives: Prodrugs” »

Can a mosquito change the world?

Posted on May 18th, 2016 by



It is night, you are trying to sleep and you hear a mosquito in your bedroom. Can you sleep? Continue reading “Can a mosquito change the world?” »

The Role of Scientific Literature in Pharmacovigilance: Challenges and Solutions

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by



After our recent webinar, Elsevier received several questions from attendees. During the next few weeks, we will discuss some of the questions in more detail.  Continue reading “The Role of Scientific Literature in Pharmacovigilance: Challenges and Solutions” »

Using Text Mining to Find Treatments for Rare Diseases

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by

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Findacure UK Cure CHI

When you compare PubMed search results for rare diseases, such as “congenital hyperinsulinism” (767), schwannomatosis (250) or “Mabry syndrome” (34), to that of “diabetes” (542,987), “heart attack” (217,694) or “obesity” (237,307), the disparity in attention becomes much more obvious. Continue reading “Using Text Mining to Find Treatments for Rare Diseases” »

Introducing ‘The Hive’

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by

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Elsevier Hive

Fifty-four percent. That’s the percentage of “all active drugs” sourced via open innovation models for the 12 largest biopharma company pipelines in 2014. Continue reading “Introducing ‘The Hive’” »

Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by

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Dr Nicolas Sireau, Findacure

Elsevier’s partnership with a UK charity Findacure started last year with a very touching and inspirational talk from Dr. Nick Sireau, a parent of two children diagnosed with alkaptonuria. Very soon after his first child was born, Nick found himself Continue reading “Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases” »

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