Fragment-based screening (FBS) by NMR has become a central tool in the pharmaceutical industry to identify new ligands that bind to selected biological targets. NMR is also used to validate drug candidates obtained through classical high throughput screening (HTS) methods. In HTS, thousands to millions of samples are tested for biological activity at the model organism, cellular, pathway or molecular level. NMR is particularly suited to these tasks since the screening process takes places on a sample in solution under conditions where both the target and the ligands are very close to their physiological state. Typically, both 1H and 19F nuclei are used for FBS by NMR. Nowadays, most pharmaceutical groups have incorporated NMR screening strategies into their drug discovery and drug design programs. While the usual targets of these programs are classically enzymes or protein receptors, noncoding RNAs, which have proven roles in diseases and in the regulation of biochemical pathways, are increasingly becoming a therapeutic target of choice.
By applying machine learning in combination with fragment-based screening using NMR, it is possible to revolutionize the lead-finding process. In addition, NMR allows for the rapid validation of the secondary structure of new RNA targets. Fragment screening validates the presence of small molecule binding sites. This webinar given by Marcel Blommers, Chief Scientific Officer at Saverna Therapeutics, and moderated by Martial Piotto, Pharma product manager of Biologics solutions at Bruker BioSpin, demonstrates how to use NMR spectroscopy to identify novel RNA drug targets and inhibitors of those targets. You will learn how FBS by NMR and machine learning can be used jointly to discover new drugs that interact with RNA targets in the pharma and biopharma industry. NMR not only plays a unique role in hit finding, but also in characterizing RNA and RNA-ligand interactions. This information can guide hit-to-lead optimization. The complexity of dynamic RNA molecules in identifying new targets is discussed using various examples from Saverna’s portfolio. The implementation of various methods in Saverna’s RNA targeting NMR platform aims to perform early drug discovery with unprecedented speed without sacrificing quality.
Wednesday, February 08, 2023
5:00 PM CET
Key Learning Points
Who should attend?
This webinar will be of interest to anyone interested in improving their lead discovery capabilities. This includes pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations and academia, with and without previous experience in FBS and structural biology. Additionally, any company which is part of this ecosystem, like fragment library vendors and computational chemistry software companies.
Dr. Marcel Blommers
Chief Scientific Officer at Saverna Therapeutics
Dr. Martial Piotto
Pharma product manager of Biologics solutions