While biochemical assays will likely remain a critical entry point for novel molecules into the kinase inhibitor drug discovery pipeline, the field has collectively achieved a state of maturation that increasingly demands priority for cell-based assays right out of the gate.
The ability of several small molecule kinase inhibitors to modulate immune responses, as well as potentially block various stages in SARS-CoV-2 life cycle suggests they may have an important role in the emerging therapeutic arsenal. Vetting inhibitor performance across sufficiently diverse cell lines expressing SARS-CoV-2 relevant features will anticipate clinical success.
Biophysical characterization of compounds disrupting the SARS-CoV-2 Spike – ACE2 interaction using SPR
Without rock-solid biophysical predictors of binding affinity and kinetics, the road from molecular screening and simulation to cell-based assays and in vivo testing is virtually unnavigable. Fully characterizing your COVID-19 drug candidate with a proven SPR methodology is the fundament of the successful development of efficacious drugs.