How has pharmaceutical innovation evolved over the years?

Pharmaceutical discovery has benefited from a remarkable revolution in technology, from its early beginnings with the introduction of aspirin to the discovery of drugs that target specific genes that cause disease. Today, pharmaceutical innovation looks very different than it did 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even just 10 years ago.

The journey from laboratory to medicine cabinet has become more challenging, risky, and expensive than ever before. Researchers are tackling increasingly complex diseases using new tools (such as genomics, proteomics, and nanotechnology) that will take years to bear fruit. As the cost of discovering new medicines has risen, an increasingly challenging healthcare environment is making it harder for companies to recover these costs.

The pace of scientific discovery has increased exponentially in recent years, while new medicines addressing unmet medical needs continue to be developed and approved for clinical use. In the last ten years, over 300 new medicines became available, and over 2,950 are in development today.

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