complexity and expense of the small-molecule drug discovery process, from identification and validation of a “drugable” target to the development of an
understanding of the impact of pharmacogenomic differences in patient populations on drug action, lies the “hit-to-lead” process in which compounds that show
activity in an assay system are iteratively improved upon through medicinal chemistry that is guided by more detailed assays and filtering criteria.
Eli Lilly & Co. recently lost an
appeal from a final judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, finding claims 2, 6, and 7 of U.S. Patent No. 5,464,826 invalid
for obviousness-type double patenting over its earlier U.S. Patent No. 4,808,614. (See, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries v. Lilly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit, 2010-1105).
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