Pill Poppers (Horizon)

GSK have an automated system for retrieving any of the millions of compounds in their chemical archive

GSK have an automated system for retrieving any of the millions of compounds in their chemical archive

Broadcaster: BBC2

Year: 2010

Genre: Factual, Documentary

http://bobnational.net/record/250371

An hour-long episode of the BBC’s flagship science series Horizon about the development of pharmaceutical drugs. The programme looks at prescription medicines and also at non-prescription use of drugs such as Ritalin and Modafinil for cognitive enhancement (Warning: the episode involves footage demonstrating the best-known physiological effect of Viagra).

I have used a 3 minute clip from this episode which demonstrated the robot used by GlaxoSmithKline to access the archive of over 2 million chemical compounds which get screened to try and find a lead compound to interact with a new target. Just a handful will make it through to tests in humans.

 

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