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Within drug discovery, R&D projects using synchrotron X-rays focus on challenges such as optimising and improving drugs and their effects, studying proteins and their active sites, and investigating modes of binding drug candidates to target proteins.

Using the beamlines and tools at MAX IV, researchers from drug discovery companies find brand new starting points for developing novel pharmaceutical substances. 

Easy and rapid access to brilliant synchrotron X-rays is a vital ingredient for three-dimensional structure determination of drug targets through macromolecular X-ray crystallography. Small-angle X-ray scattering can also be used as a complementary technique to study proteins in room temperature.

MAX IV offers state-of-the-art instruments and world-class tools for crystallography as well as high-throughput screening techniques. 

Examples of research topics at MAX IV

  • Protein structure determination 
  • Small-molecular drugs, nanomaterials for medical application, and drug-delivery vehicles 
  • Protein dynamics in solution 
  • Characterisation of pharmaceutical active ingredients and formulas in situ 

Popular techniques and beamlines

  • Small angle X-ray scattering at CoSAXS
  • Macromolecular X-ray crystallography at BioMAX
  • X-ray fluorescence and powder diffraction at DanMAX

Discuss your research and innovation needs with us! Contact us at the MAX IV Industrial Relations Office and we will help you turn your research idea into an experiment and find the suitable methods and techniques for you. 

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