In part one of four, published on Pharmaphorum last month, Dr Kevin Lustig and Dr Maria Thompson of Assay Depot discussed the changing face of virtual drug discovery and development and life science research in general.

Outlining a process for research in the information age allows scientists to overleap the competition and accelerate their research projects as never before by tapping into all of the resources now available online. Using specific examples from scientists that have already embraced the power of public information, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing to make real discoveries and develop real products using virtual resources. These resources are available to all of us if you just know where to look.

The cycle below shows the new virtual drug discovery path of research from ideation to results. In this series, we will examine each of the elements in turn and show how science is open for business as never before.

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Path of online drug discovery

Figure 1: Cycle showing the new path of virtual research from ideation to results.

Part I of IV: Using online data to generate new ideas. Read more ……