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Getting the message across

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by



If you ever get out of the laboratory or office onto the street, look around and you can be certain that most people you see will not be concentrating on where they are walking (or, here in the Netherlands, where they are cycling) Continue reading “Getting the message across” »

Computers + Chemistry: Some Thoughts from ACS San Diego

Posted on March 31st, 2016 by



I’ve just returned home from the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting and Exposition in San Diego. While recovering from my jet lag, Continue reading “Computers + Chemistry: Some Thoughts from ACS San Diego” »

How Text-Mining Positively Impacts Early Stage Discovery

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by

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Colleagues, as most of you know, text mining is the process to derive high quality structured information from unstructured text, Continue reading “How Text-Mining Positively Impacts Early Stage Discovery” »

“If you gave the same NCE to two different companies……”

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by

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You might think this is the opening line for a riddle, but in fact it forms the basis of IDEA Pharma’s Productive Innovation Index (PII for short), an annual ranking of the top 30 biopharmaceutical companies Continue reading ““If you gave the same NCE to two different companies……”” »

The Privilege of Collaboration

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by

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Colleagues, collaboration is a critical factor in life science, as we all seek to move the needle in extending, and improving quality of, life. Continue reading “The Privilege of Collaboration” »

The Challenges in Treating Rare and Orphan Diseases

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by

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Those outside of the drug and medical research communities often do not understand the complexities and challenges in developing therapeutic treatments for diseases that Continue reading “The Challenges in Treating Rare and Orphan Diseases” »

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The Elsevier Pharma R&D blog provides insight and opinion on topics related to pharmaceutical research and development, namely: big data, target identification, new drug discovery, drug safety monitoring, risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. We serve the community of chemists, scientists, drug safety specialists, educators and students interested in pharmaceutical R&D.

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