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Where Do New Medicines Come From?

Ever wondered how new drugs are discovered? Sometimes it's a case of serendipity. Sometimes it involves synchrotron science, and sometimes the key requirement is sheer single-mindedness. One thing you can be sure of, chemistry is always front and center. That's because drugs work by interacting chemically with a biological target. In this lecture, find out how drugs have been discovered over the last century and learn how the combination of chemistry, computation, and crystallography has revolutionized drug design. The lecture will also highlight current research on the design of new antibacterials to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.


Anyone outside NIST wishing to attend must be sponsored by a NIST employee and receive a visitor badge.

For more information, contact Stephanie Shaw at 301-975-2667.

Colloquia are videotaped and available in the NIST Research Library.

Jennifer Martin
Australian Laureate Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Created January 10, 2012, Updated January 5, 2017