Medicines for millions of patients†
In this opinion piece I share personal anecdotes from three drug discovery projects, sugammadex an anaesthetic reversal agent from Organon Scotland, and ribociclib and erdafitinib, both oncology drugs arising from Astex UK collaborations with Novartis and Janssen respectively. These drugs have been used to treat millions of patients. The learnings from this research focus on innovation, teamwork, and collaborations. Drug discovery, even with its frustrations and disappointments can be a great career for scientists in industry, in academia, or in a not-for-profit institute, who want their research to alleviate human suffering.