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How is IC50 calculated?

Posted February 13, 2020


IC50 of a drug is obtained by generating a dose-response curve and analyzing the drug-inhibitor interaction at different concentrations. Based on the plot of the dose-response curve, IC50 values are derived for specific inhibitors by determining the concentration required to reduce 50% of the maximum response from the drug. Generally, for a fixed concentration of inhibitory substance, a higher inhibition indicates a lower drug response and hence, a smaller IC50 value. For a quick solution, use our free online IC50 calculator, Quest Graph™ IC50 Calculator, which allows for an accurate and efficient approach to determining IC50 values representative of your data set.


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