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+41 61 324 11 11
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Novartis International AG
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Global Oncology Media Relations
Denise Brashear
Novartis Oncology Global Public Relations

+1 862 778 7336

Novartis Media Relations
Eric Althoff
Basel, Switzerland

+41 61 324 7999

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Key Therapeutic Targets

Typically, making a drug begins with identifying a protein associated with human disease. These proteins are known as “targets.” When it is confirmed that a target plays a role in a disease, an experiment known as a high-throughput screen is conducted to find a chemical compound or antibody that binds or “hits” the target in a way that alters the disease. Once chemical compounds or antibodies are identified by their binding to a target, these hits are enhanced to improve their safety and effectiveness. The resulting chemical compound or antibody becomes a drug candidate.

Novartis Oncology has a broad, deep pipeline that encompasses a spectrum of therapeutic approaches. Learn about our key therapeutic targets:

Our research strategy leverages these and other biomarkers and increasingly precise drug development focused on individual patients. Learn more about precision oncology.