about us

Drug Hunter™ is an essential resource for the community of R&D innovators turning molecules into medicines. Drug Hunter distills the science behind emerging drugs and technologies into an easy-to-read and simple-to-search reference. The company was founded in 2018 out of a scientist’s frustration with existing ways to learn about new drugs and the science of pharma. Now, thousands of R&D leaders from every major pharma and biotech company in the world choose to invest their time in Drug Hunter over crawling through the literature alone.

Our products and subscription services including drughunter.com, the Drug Hunter Newsletter, Drug Hunter Events, and Drug Hunter Premium subscription distill the science behind drug discovery, helping innovators keep up with best practices, find ideas, and identify partners with a fraction of the time and cost. Drug Hunter products and services are used by researchers at every major pharma and biotech in the world, leading universities like Harvard, and top VC and equity research firms.

What is a Drug Hunter? | Our Mission | Our Values | Why We Started

If you’re here reading about drug discovery for fun, you’re probably a drug hunter. If so, we’re here to help!

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower the innovators seeking tomorrow’s medicines. We’ve started to accomplish this by providing products and services that help drug hunters at every stage of drug discovery, from finding new ideas to discovering partners for their clinical candidates. Drughunter.com is the go-to resource for drug discovery innovators to learn and grow their careers in modern drug discovery. Our Drug Hunter newsletter inspires leaders in nearly every pharmaceutical R&D company worldwide with examples of molecules that matter. Experienced professionals can get the science behind emerging drugs served directly with a Premium subscription. Drug Hunter Events are the best place to connect with our community of drug discovery innovators. We’re constantly finding new ways to support drug hunters, and this is just the beginning.

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.

Our Values

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!

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  • Profile photo of Drug Hunter contributor Cyril Bucher

    “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.”

    Cyril Bucher

    Drug Discovery Scientist, Denali Therapeutics / Publicly Listed Biotech

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    “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.”

    Hilary Beck

    Senior Director, Head of Medicinal Chemistry, Eikon Therapeutics / VC-Backed Biotech

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    “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!”

    Berenger Biannic

    Associate Director, Drug Discovery, Essa Pharma / Publicly Listed Biotech

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    Executive Director, Science and Strategy Advisor, Astellas Pharma

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    Founder and CEO, Arum Therapeutics / Privately Held Biotech

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    Senior Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry, Vividion Therapeutics

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    Matthew Robinson

    Computational Chemist, PostEra

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    “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!”

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    Senior Group Leader, Pharmaron

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    “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.”

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    Medicinal Chemist, RAPT Therapeutics / Publicly Listed Biotech

  • Chris Dockendorff

    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…

    Chris Dockendorff

    Academic, Industrial Chemist


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