Drug Hunter is for drug discovery scientists who want to discover new ideas but don’t have time to read everything.
If you’re here reading about drug discovery for fun, you’re probably a drug hunter. If so, we’re here to help!
Drug Hunter is a trusted, independent source of curated, factual information for the drug discovery community. Our goal is to provide an inclusive platform that empowers, educates, and connects professional drug hunters, and celebrates the important work being done by the heroes in our industry.
Subscribers to Drug Hunter typically have >12 years of industry experience, nearly half have been drug hunting for two decades or longer, and a significant number serve as senior executives at major public pharma and biotech companies. Drug Hunter subscribers work in every major public pharma and biotech company in the world, act as venture capitalists and investors, and are generally interested in bringing useful medicines to society.
We believe in:
Facts: we’re built on science and data, not opinion or manipulation
Community: drugs are discovered by a community effort, not individuals
Clarity: effective communication is key in a team sport like drug discovery
Curation: your time is valuable, so our information is visual, contextualized, easy to access and comprehend
Context: “why” matters – we don’t share information without tying it to why its important
Why We Started
We love the science and impact of drug discovery. We were tired of seeing only negative press about our amazing industry, so we decided to build something online that’s useful to people like us.
Drug Hunter exists to help drug hunters do what they do best, and celebrate the milestones and knowledge-generating setbacks along the way. Drug Hunter was founded by a drug discovery scientist, and will always be run with a science focus.
If there are more ways we can help you, or if you want to help us in our mission, please get in touch!
“Drug Hunter has a great overview of what is happening in our field, saves time on scouring through news feeds, literature and irrelevant stuff that comes up. It is a tool specifically for people like me to weed out the noise. Big time saver.”
Drug Discovery Scientist, Denali Therapeutics / Publicly Listed Biotech
“I look forward to reading the summaries that come out every month. It helps me keep up to date on what’s going on in the industry.”
Senior Director, Head of Medicinal Chemistry, Eikon Therapeutics / VC-Backed Biotech
“When I need to find information, I know that I can find it on Drug Hunter. This is what was always missing in our field. I’ve been designing drugs for years and the most frustrating part is learning on your own. You may need to go through hundreds of articles to find the information you need. Drug Hunter cuts down on a lot of this!”
Associate Director, Drug Discovery, Essa Pharma / Publicly Listed Biotech
“Drug Hunter helps keep me up to date with the scientific literature and saves me so much valuable time. Please continue the excellent work!”
Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Protagonist Therapeutics / Publicly Listed Biotech
“The thing I like most about it is the concise, to-the-point presentation of the relevant information in an easily digestible format, that is readily accessible to all, from experienced drug hunters to scientists who are just starting their careers. The time-savings achieved by using Drug Hunter are another major selling point. Keep up the good work, folks!”
Executive Director, Science and Strategy Advisor, Astellas Pharma
“I like Drug Hunter! I realize that the team puts so much time and effort into this work and it is not easy work. It is a key opinion leader in the industry. I want Drug Hunter to go on forever. It’s really good!”
Founder and CEO, Arum Therapeutics / Privately Held Biotech
“Drug Hunter is really good at summarizing all of the key information. It really helps me understand and digest things!”
Senior Scientist, Drug Discovery, Genentech
“The cheat sheets that are published are great. Having a centralized resource of those is super helpful. When I recently onboarded a new team member, I taught her about Topliss trees using Drug Hunter. I am way more on top of the med. chem literature because of Drug Hunter!”
Senior Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Vividion Therapeutics
“I don’t know of anything similar to this. It’s great that I can visit the site and get a pointer to recent important papers in the field. With the article annotations, I also get a perspective I may not get just by reading papers myself.”
Computational Chemist, PostEra
“I know I can find new information, targets, and compounds on Drug Hunter each month, which has been really helpful. It’s a good website to see the latest news in drug discovery!”
Senior Group Leader, Pharmaron
“Drug Hunters highly informed, relevant science, category-leading approach is time saving, cost saving and importantly a consistent source of inspiration for new Product Development programs. More like this please Drug Hunter!”
Director of Business Development, Pharmalex
“I like that Drug Hunter shows condensed information about what is at the forefront of medicinal chemistry at the moment. The molecules are great, I would otherwise have to sift through a lot of articles to find these drugs. I am very satisfied with Drug Hunter.”
Medicinal Chemist, RAPT Therapeutics / Publicly Listed Biotech
As both an academic and (most recently) an industrial medicinal chemist, the Drug Hunter resources have been very helpful so far. I’ve passed along several of the excellent primer/cheat sheets to my own students, and the lists of CROs and investors have been helpful for company building. Of course, the Molecules of the Month, and the deep science and strategy behind their structures shared in…
Academic, Industrial Chemist
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