In our latest poll, we asked what kind of libraries people like, giving three options:
- I like a maximal diverse library (SAR comes from follow up)
- I like diversity, but not at the expense of SAR (follow up is easier with some SAR)
- My target is teflon so any active fragment is welcome news.
60% of respondents like a maximally diverse library, 31% like diversity with some SAR, and 8% work of teflon targets, so any hit matter is welcome.
The way I read this is that 60% of people don't consider the screen done when the first results come in. In my eyes, the screen is over when there are actives identified with testable SAR hypotheses. This is probably just my bias of having lived in a very resource constrained environment where follow up to a screen was a second serving of resources. To me, this is great news; companies that are doing fragment screening are invested and not giving short shrift to these efforts.
I would be curious to hear in the comments how people develop SAR with a maximally diverse library. Do you just pick every available fragment that has the same central core and evaluate all possible side chains? Would you apply a similarity cutoff of 0.9 or something? How many compounds do you follow up with per active fragment?