Glutamate a big target for drug developers

The New York Times' Alex Berenson looks at the wave of new research programs focused on the neurotransmitter glutamate as a therapy for schizophrenia. Eli Lilly's Darryle D. Schoepp recognized its potential in the fall of 2006, and other drug discoverers weren't far behind as a number of developers jumped into the field. All approved therapies for schizophrenia target dopamine, and the glutamate connection opened up a host of possibilities for depression, Alzheimer's and other indications as well.

"I don't think people appreciate how much money, time and good technical research goes into what we do," Schoepp told the Times. "Sometimes, people think the idea is the thing. I think the idea can be the easy part."

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