NCATS has released an expanded, interactive version of the Drug Discovery, Development and Deployment Maps (4DM) and is requesting user feedback as the Center continues development of these tools. NCATS created the 4DM to provide a common framework for discussing the therapeutic development process and identifying areas that are ripe for innovation.
The original maps — released in late 2017 in both Nature Reviews Drug Discovery and Clinical and Translational Science — were static images. The latest release provides a more dynamic map interface for enhanced usability and an interactive experience. Users can zoom into and out of areas of the process to view different levels of complexity, find information and best practices, and connect to relevant NCATS programs and resources. Like the static versions, the dynamic 4DM are shareable under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike International 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
In April 2022, the 4DM website was taken offline.