Data Mining and Drug Discovery

Mining Data for Better Drugs. ‘Mining large databases effectively drives better decision making to help yield drugs more quickly. To some people outside drug development, data mining sounds like a gold rush for pharmaceutical companies — a technique that digs out rare but powerful therapeutics from mountains of possibilities. Data mining, however, cannot stand alone. “Data mining applies to so many areas that it’s hard to imagine data mining, even used broadly, is likely to be the critical factor for moving a whole drug program ahead or even making a drug come out sooner,” says John Hill, PhD, executive director of exploratory development informatics at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Princeton, N.J. Instead, Hill sees data mining as supporting a wide range of steps in drug development. “Data mining gives you a better understanding of a problem,” he says.’

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