Target Safety Assessment: Strategies and Resources

  • Richard J. BrennanEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1641)


An in-depth evaluation of target safety is an invaluable resource throughout drug discovery and development. The goal of a target safety evaluation is to identify potential unintended adverse consequences of target modulation, and to propose a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy to shepherd compounds through the discovery and development pipeline, to confirm and characterize unavoidable on-target toxicities in a timely manner to assist in early program advancement decisions, and to anticipate, monitor, and manage potential clinical adverse events. The role of an experienced discovery toxicologist in synthesizing the available information into an actionable set of recommendations for a safety evaluation strategy is critical to its successful application in early discovery programs. This chapter presents a summary of some of the information types and sources that should be investigated, and approaches that can be taken to generate an early assessment of potential safety liabilities.

Key words

Drug target In silico Safety assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SanofiWalthamUSA

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