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What is assay development and why is it important in drug development?

An assay is an analytical test that measures the activity of a small molecule or biologic on a target of interest. For example, some assays measure the effect that compounds have on the activity of an enzyme, while others measure the effect that compounds have on protein expression. Researchers develop assays to identify compounds that have a desired effect on a therapeutic target, and thus have potential as therapeutics. Different assays must be developed for different targets of interest, as different targets have different characteristics.

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