You don’t need to read a blog to know that drug development is a tough business to be in these days, especially with high failure rates in clinical trials and extended times for regulatory approval.
Protein therapeutics, including peptides and antibodies, are a bit of a bright spot, however, and here are some reasons why:
While proteins, peptides and antibodies can exhibit favourable attributes in terms of therapeutics, they can also come with various challenges, including, but not limited to, challenges around stability, internalization and specificity.Genomics/proteomics researchers and smaller companies are playing an important role in this area by developing innovative platform technologies and novel methods aimed at improving these types of therapeutics. Take, for example, the work of a couple of Toronto-based research labs:
Protein-based therapeutics are already on the rise. These are just two of many examples of innovative platforms, approaches and technologies that have the potential to drive further growth and successes in this area. The potential to produce new and highly effective therapeutics in the future is definitely a bright spot.