Target discovery helps identifying drug targets, molecules or molecular interactions at a critical point in a disease-causing pathway that are predicted to being amenable to therapeutic manipulation. The centre aims to link recent advances in genetics, genomics, cell and chemical biology for improved drug target discovery. A more specific focus for refining and validating such targets will provide a better link between traditional "open ended" academic processes to biomedical research and the need of the pharmaceutical industry for accurately defined targets to accelerate drug development.
Ioannis Psallidas (Respiratory Medicine) and colleagues including members of the Target Discovery Institute (TDI) (Benedikt Kessler / Roman Fischer) have developed a score that predicts risk of death for a common metastasis of patients with malignant pleural effusion. Four proteins with a significant role in survival have been discovered, leading the road for new disease treatment. The PROMISE study results have been published in Lancet Oncology.