Mass spectrometry has numerous applications in pharmaceutical research, from initial discovery through to characterisation and quality control. In this article, Dr Ioannis Papayannopoulos details the role of mass spectrometry in pharma R&D by highlighting established and novel applications of the technique in drug discovery and development.
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Since the 1970s, the advent of biotechnology has resulted in the development and commercialisation of many therapeutic proteins, including antibodies and antibody fragments, for the treatment of human diseases. Examples include antibody treatments for autoimmune diseases (for example, adalimumab [Humira®] for rheumatoid arthritis), cancers (such as trastuzumab [Herceptin®] for breast…