Do you know what is phenotypic screening ? If you are here I think yes 🙂 But if you want to explain it easily, I strongly recommend the reading of Perkin Elmer white paper « Phenotypic Drug Discovery with High Content Screening ». It’s short (only 4 pages) but it contents main information to understand differences between « target based » and « phenotypic screening » approaches in drug discovery.

It explains also the importance of the technology side and the digital side of HCS and finally, give a good summarize of our vision :

“Today’s drug discovery strategies require candidate compounds to fail early and cheaply in the discovery stage, rather than late and expensively in the clinical phase. Testing compounds from the beginning in physiologically relevant model systems and leveraging the rich information available in image-based screens are ways to focus on those compounds that give rise to the right phenotypic changes without undesirable effects on the system. High Content Screening with highly detailed multiparametric assays in conjunction with modern machine-learning tools provide a promising way to achieve this goal.”

 Source : http://go.perkinelmer.com/Q315-WhitePaperEmailPKI-INF-LP?cid=4296