• Question: Does it take a number of tries before you get the molecule that you want to use?

    Asked by Anna to David on 21 Nov 2014.
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      David Foley answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      Oh yes. It takes many, many cycles of design, synthesis and testing before we arrive at a molecule with the ideal balance of properties – activity, solubility, stability, toxicity etc. that we can take forward into drug trials. It usually takes 4-5 years to get to this point.