Calorimetry has for some time been proposed as a rapid method for determination of bioactivity. This paper describes the background to this application and describes how it has been extended to the study of bioassay techniques via microcalorimetry in the development of structure activity relationships (sARs). That sARs can be developed indicates that it is possible to guide drug synthetic strategy through the results of microcalorimetric investigations, and this approach is explored here. In an extension of this approach it is argued that microcalorimetry is well suited to the examination of novel drug delivery systems, allowing investigation of the capacity of drug delivery molecules to release the drug in the presence of a target organism
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