FASEB speakers teach scientists about drug development and urge researchers to shape the regulatory process
WASHINGTON--Biochemists isolating novel chemical compounds could use a bit more street smarts if they want to raise the profile - and budgets - of their research, according to university and industry scientists attending this month's annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Speaking at a symposium on the "Impact of Federal Agencies on Drug Development," the scientists tried to bring other researchers up to speed on the Byzantine and often dilatory process of drug development. And they warned that understanding how Congress and the federal government works - especially getting a grip on the requirements for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval - can be even more confusing.

Scientists doing basic research tend to be hobbled by their ignorance of the world outside the laboratory door, said panelist Darrell R. Abernethy,...

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