Year of the Chimera PROTAC

2020, Year of the Chimera?

This post briefly introduces chimeric molecules and companies working on them, contains a list of 10 recent “hot” papers in this field, and some predictions for where chimeras might head. It’s Chinese New Year time, which means a significant part of the global biopharma supply chain has ground to a Read more…

That Jimmy Carter Drug

Checkpoint inhibitors like pembrolizumab (Keytruda) have revolutionized treatment for many late-stage cancer patients, including Jimmy Carter. Recently, Keytruda stunned the world again with efficacy in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, the leading cancer killer. Here’s a summary of its recent successes and the surprising path Keytruda took through two acquisitions Read more…

The Post-Gleevec Era

Gleevec (imatinib) was the first tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of cancer and one of the first products to emerge from “rational drug design.”  It’s invention changed chronic myeloid leukemia from an incurable death sentence to a manageable disease. Here’s a look back on the tremendous value it’s Read more…