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This book is the lasting product, a resource of up-to-date information in the scientific literature for the field of animal cell technology, as it was presented during a pleasant and stimulating meeting in Tylosand, Sweden, in June 2001. The title of the meeting, FromTarget to Market, indicates the usefulness of Animal Cell Technology during all steps in the pharmaceutical development process. Following the biotech products reaching the market, it shows an upward trend in the contribution of biotech products to total New Molecular Entity output in the nineties, which continued until 1996 when biotech represented 25% of the annual output. Since then the proportion has been decreasing. A perceived hurdle from a market perspective is that a protein per definition is biodegradable and thus requires intravenous, or for some drugs subcutaneous administration. New promising administration technologies such as pulmonary delivery were highlighted at this meeting. The emphasis on project selection prior to entry in the development phase has triggered a portfolio management using more extensive preclinical data before a development decision is taken. Animal cells have become a very important tool in the drug discovery process. The next generation of products will evolve from applications such as gene therapy, novel vaccines, cell therapy, and gene regulation. Animal cell technology has a major role to play in the post-sequence era.
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