Step 2

Finding the best compound

Needle in a haystack: New insights into the molecular cause of disease are the starting points for innovative research strategies leading to new, selectively acting drugs.

Once a target is identified, researchers develop study designs to show how drug candidates affect this specific biological structure or activity.

Substances with the desired effect are then evaluated in further laboratory tests or with computer programmes and then often modified.

Watch video on how computational methods aid to find the optimal active structure.