Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery

Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery

Ethnopharmacology, Systems Biology and Holistic Targeting

1st Edition - October 3, 2016

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  • Authors: Bhushan Patwardhan, Rathnam Chaguturu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128018149
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128018224

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Despite considerable technological advances, the pharmaceutical industry is experiencing a severe innovation deficit, especially in the discovery of new drugs. Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery: Ethnopharmacology, Systems Biology and Holistic Targeting provides a critical review and analysis of health, disease and medicine, and explores possible reasons behind the present crisis in drug discovery. The authors illustrate the benefits of systems biology and pharmacogenomics approaches, and advocate the expansion from disease-centric discovery to person-centric therapeutics involving holistic, multi-target, whole systems approaches. This book lays a path for reigniting pharmaceutical innovation through a disciplined reemergence of pharmacognosy, embracing open innovation models and collaborative, trusted public-private partnerships. With unprecedented advances made in the development of biomedically-relevant tools and technologies, the need is great and the time is now for a renewed commitment towards expanding the repertoire of medicines.  By incorporating real-life examples and state-of-the-art reviews, this book provides valuable insights into the discovery and development strategies for professionals, academicians, and students in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Key Features

  • Analyzes the reasons behind historical drug failures to provide valuable insights on lessons learned
  • Uses current scientific research to promote learning from traditional knowledge systems and through the integration of traditional and western medicines
  • Discusses advances in technologies and systems biology to support the transition from formulation discovery to therapeutic discovery


Scientists, researchers and academics in drug development, natural products, pharmacognosy and pharmacy; professors, graduate students, regulatory authorities, policy makers and health care professionals working in these areas.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Need for Innovative Approaches
    Chapter 2. Why and How Drugs Fail
    Chapter 3. Holistic Drug Targeting
    Chapter 4. Reverse Pharmacology
    Chapter 5. Network Pharmacology and Multi-target Formulation
    Chapter 6. Genome-driven Drug Discovery Process
    Chapter 7. Pharmacogenomics
    Chapter 8. Transcriptomics and Epigenomics
    Chapter 9. Proteomics
    Chapter 10.Chemical Informatics
    Chapter 11.Vaccines and Immunodrugs Discovery
    Chapter 12.Curcumin as an example of holistic targeting agent
    Chapter 13.New Approaches to Quality and Safety of Traditional Medical Products
    Chapter 14.Lifestyle and Behavioral Approaches
    Chapter 15.Collaborative Strategies for Future Drug Discovery
    Chapter 16.Righting the ship: The Data Reproducibility Conundrum

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: October 3, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128018149
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128018224

About the Authors

Bhushan Patwardhan

Bhushan Patwardhan, PhD, received his degrees in biochemistry. He is a professor and the Director of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, where he is engaged in research in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical biology, and evidence-based Ayurveda. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), the recipient of many prestigious orations, and founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. He is the author of over one hundred scientific papers, holds eight international patents, and has received four thousand citations. His research on drug discovery and genomics has received high acclaim.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Director, Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune, India

Rathnam Chaguturu

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and CEO, iDDPartners Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

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  • Virender S. Thu Mar 28 2019

    Virender Sharma

    Best work by Dr Bhushan Patwardhan Rathnam Chaguturu