Biomarkers at the cutting edge of medical research

Biomarkers at the cutting edge of medical research

Biomarkers at the cutting edge of medical research

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Biomarkers at the cutting edge of medical research

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Posted: Oct 01, 2010 |Comments: 0


The world of medical research is a complicated one, where developments and breakthroughs can take years to come, and yet when they do, have the ability to change the face of modern medicine. Although it is the major events that make it onto the news, every day scientists and researchers across the world are doing their bit to advance knowledge and develop drugs and new products which will eventually make their way onto the shelves and be used by people in need.

A growing part of this process involves the use of biomarkers, which companies all over the world are using to help speed up and improve research processes. Research however costs money and unfortunately there is not an endless supply, even when it comes to research into diseases such as cancer which can be found in over 200 forms and is now deemed to affect more than one in three people living in the UK during their lifetime.

The time and cost that it takes to conduct research and develop drugs is why many companies have begun making the use of biomarkers an integral part of their research process. From drug development to clinical trials, biomarkers are having a profound impact on the world or medical research.

Time and money is needed to carry out research and some of the figures involved, when you are talking about the major pharmaceutical companies, is quite staggering. Small companies do not have the kind of money to throw around and this means efficiencies need to be found where possible. For example, everything possible needs to be done to avoid spending time developing a potential new drug only to find it is not suitable months down the line for one reason or another.

By using biomarkers, it can be possible to stop valuable money being wasted as they have the potential to let researchers know much earlier in the process whether a drug will not be suitable in certain situations. This can save a considerable amount of time and of course money, as further tests will not need to be carried out on that particular version. The world’s smaller laboratories run on very tight margins more often than not and so being able to save money where possible is extremely important. It also means extra funding is likely to be forthcoming from financial backers.

Find out about biomarker research and how the practice of using biomarkers in laboratories is increasing across the world.

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8 Replies to “Biomarkers at the cutting edge of medical research”

  1. I'm a little surprised to see GLP/DPP-IV drugs being pushed earlier and earlier. While their pathway is definitely intriguing, they're still relying solely on short term A1c data. I was under the impression that there have not yet been any studies completed looking at hard endpoints (I know Merck's lining up to take Januvia into CV disease – they're either brave or they have some fascinating internal data). I still marvel at the TZD story where biomarkers displaced thinking about physiological endpoints. Too much predictive biochemistry and not enough measured physiology.

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