Mel Reichman, senior investigator and director of the LIMR Chemical Genomics Center at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research presents at the chemistry department at Drexel University on November 12, 2009.
Modern drug discovery by high-throughput screening (HTS) begins with testing hundreds of thousands of compounds in biological assays. The confirmed hit rate for typical HTS is less than 0.5%; therefore, 99.5% of the costs of HTS are for generating null data. Orthogonal convolution of compound libraries (OCL) is 500% more efficient than present HTS practice. The OCL method combines 10 compounds per well. An advantage of this method is that each compound is represented twice in two separately arrayed pools. The potential for the approach to better enable academic centers of excellence to validate medicinally relevant biological targets is discussed.