This book provides an overview of different protein kinases ? structure, function, regulation, and their role in cancer. It combines kinase biology with chemistry and pharmacology applications for discovery and development of cancer drugs. The text also describes existing and emerging kinase inhibitors, focusing mostly on small molecules but also alternative approaches like therapeutic antibodies. Provides an important resource that helps pharmaceutical researchers understand and work in this dynamic area of cancer drug research.
DAVID J. MATTHEWS is Executive Director of Oncology Discovery at Exelixis, where he is responsible for cancer drug discovery. For more than fifteen years, Dr. Matthews has been involved in drug discovery projects in industry, with particular focus on small molecule inhibitors. He has twenty scientific publications and multiple patents to his credit. MARY E. GERRITSEN is Vice President of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at Exelixis, where she is in charge of cell-based screening in preclinical research and of biomarker studies for clinical development compounds in Phase I and II studies. Her prior industry experience includes positions at Genentech, Bayer and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. She has authored more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles and twenty-six book chapters and is an inventor on forty-two issued patents.