Speeding up Alzheimer's Research

An article from The Age highlights new chemical screening technology that speeds up the process of finding potential drugs by a factor of 100. In this case, the technology is applied to Alzheimer's research, but we can expect to see it used elsewhere. Automation of time-consuming and expensive portions of medical research is one of the reasons we are seeing a speeding of the pace of discovery in medical science. Unfortunately, this has been matched with an dramatic increase in the costs and delays from bureaucratic requirements on the industry (such as those demanded by the expanding, slow FDA in the US).

Link: http://www.theage.com.au/text/articles/2003/09/10/1062902114811.htm


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