We help you to
triage the most promising leads

Selecting ‘true’ hit compounds, with drug-like mode-of-action is a major challenge when evaluating the hits from ultra-High Throughput Screening campaigns. Owing to the possibility of undesired compound-assay interference, it is crucial to have appropriate follow-up assay cascades in place for any successful hit finding effort. Our in-depth knowledge in designing a hit triaging cascade ensures the identification of high-quality starting points for future medicines. We design cascades for different readout technologies and target classes, proprietary chemical biology approach with ‘Robustness Set’ compound collection along with cheminformatics capabilities.

Find hit compounds that are worth pursuing as a chemical scaffold in a drug discovery program.

This is a major challenge in evaluating hits from HTS campaigns! It is widely accepted that besides the quality of the library and the primary assay, the success of any uHTS campaign is largely dependent on the post-screen hit-triaging phase. Particularly, because of undesired compound-assay interference leading to false-positive data. The undesired false-positive effects of these compounds disturb the hit selection process, thus requiring orthogonal assay readouts and adjustments in the primary assay conditions. Such false-positives could be generally categorized into technical false-positives (e.g. quenchers, auto-fluorescence, inhibitors of secondary enzymatic reactions) and hits with undesired modes-of-action (chelators, aggregators, redox, etc.). Thus, a comprehensive hit triaging cascade of assays including counter-screening, deselection, orthogonal, selectivity as well as target engagement biophysical assays are required.

The best suitable hit triaging cascade with help of our robustness set

To dissect such liabilities early in the assay development phase, the “robustness set” compound collection was established together with the University of Dundee, Newhouse. The robustness set exists of selected molecules from the literature with well-defined assay interfering properties and so-called clean compounds for which we do not expect assay interference. These were supplemented with many DMSO controls, all in a ready-to-employ single 1536-well plate. The application of the robustness set not only provides a framework to identify assay liabilities and tailor uHTS assay conditions such that minimal interferences occur but also helps to design suitable follow-up assay cascades for successful hit triaging.

AI/Virtual screening for hit analogs, structure activity relationships and docking studies

In addition to (ultra-)High Throughput Screening, you can screen for hit analogs virtually at Pivot Park Screening Centre. Verify your hits quickly and find compounds with similar drug-like properties in order to enrich your hit list. Thus improve your hit list by adding virtual screening to your campaign. This results in both shortened timelines and reduced costs for your drug discovery program. Furthermore, our computational approach helps you with elucidating the structure activity relationships and binding modes through 3D docking studies. Or make use of our AI text mining tool to discover potential biological activities of the chemical space of your hit list.

Read more about the key benefits of Virtual Screening at Pivot Park Screening Centre in the brochure. 

Screening assay cascades

Robustness set:

Percent of compounds per class

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Percentage of active compounds per class

Robustness set:

Percentage of active compounds per class

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