High throughput screening (HTS) is a highly valuable experimental process to assaying a large number of parameters against specific criteria. For drug discovery and development, it provides a systematic and efficient method of identifying potential targets, drugs and/or molecular information that can be beneficial to fighting disesase. Successful screening is dependent on the type of experimental set-up and the careful implementation of that set-up in a high-throughput platform.
Although not comprehensive, here are some resources for acclimating to the world of HTS and drug discovery:
Academic Drug Discovery Consortium (TxSACT is a member)
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Expertise and Resources
Society for Lab Automation and Screening
Nature Reviews Drug Discovery
FDA Critical Path Initiative
National Cancer Institute, Research Resources