We have developed a method using novel latex beads for rapid identification of drug receptors using affinity purification. Composed of a glycidylmethacrylate (GMA) and styrene copolymer core with a GMA polymer surface, the beads minimize nonspecific protein binding and maximize purification efficiency. We demonstrated their performance by efficiently purifying FK506-binding protein using FK506-conjugated beads, and found that the amount of material needed was significantly reduced compared with previous methods. Using the latex beads, we identified a redox-related factor, Ref-1, as a target protein of an anti-NF-kappaB drug, E3330, demonstrating the existence of a new class of receptors of anti-NF-kappaB drugs. Our results suggest that the latex beads could provide a tool for the identification and analysis of drug receptors and should therefore be useful in drug development.