An Introduction to Drug Discovery

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

by Andrew Gao


Pharmacies across the world are stocked with thousands of different medicines, each with unique, and sometimes quite abstract, names (Think Idarucizumab or Levetiracetam). But what we often take for granted as just appearing on shelves, there’s actually tremendous work going on behind the scenes and in the lab. From its initial conception to popping up on shelves, a new drug goes through several intensive processes. In this article, you’ll learn about the steps of drug discovery. Drug discovery is the process through which new medications are discovered.