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Pfizer Assists World Health Organization with Drug Discovery

On Oct. 26th Pfizer announced that it was going to give some researchers access to its compound library to search for targets that might lead to anti-parasitic medicines. Pfizer will also share cutting edge/industry methods for drug discovery for some of these disease catagories: malaria, leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and Chagas’ disease. As far as I know this is one of the first times a major pharma company has opened up its compound library. You can read the full story here or here.

You can also reader further about strategies for developing drugs for neglected diseases in this article published last year.


Written by thd

October 31, 2006 at 6:58 pm

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  1. Very glad to see that Pfizer is stepping up and providing assistance for researchers to come up with some help for diseases such as Chagas. Unfortunately, I had never heard of this awful disease until my dog was infected and died from it. Wish I had known how to identify the bugs that carry the disease, and/or known that it was spreading in many area of the US. Here’s a resource for anyone else who may want to know about some steps you can take to reduce the change of contracting Chagas….

    Chagas information

    April 29, 2007 at 7:51 pm

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