Pharmaceutical Informatics

Drug discovery and development has an extensive use of information technology across e.g., chemistry, biology, pharmacology and pharmaceutical technology. Pharmaceutical informatics is a scientific field focusing on medication-related applications of computers to the storage, retrieval and analysis of drug and prescription information. It spans all drug design and development stages ranging from preclinical research to clinical trial design as well as pharmacovigilance, pharmacoeconomics and personalized medicine.

Hence, pharmaceutical informatics is used to e.g.,

  • Discover novel drug targets
  • Design drug leads
  • Increase drug affinity, potency, selectivity and bioavailability
  • Improve pharmacokinetic and toxicological profiles
  • Monitor the use of medicines to improve safety
  • Design and interpret clinical trials
  • Inform personalized medicine