Derek Lowe has a post at his In the Pipeline blog looking at SGX Pharmaceuticals' foray into phase I trials with a therapeutic that emerged from X-ray crystallographic screening. "Here's a good example of why all of us in the industry tiptoe into Phase I trials, the first-in-man studies," Lowe writes.

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