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Supporting Compound Optimisation in Not-for-Profit and Academic Research

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:41
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Matt Segall

Matthew Segall1, Tamsin Mansley1, Peter Hunt1, Kelly Chibale2, Tanya Paquet2, James Duffy3
1 Optibrium Limited, Cambridge, UK
2 University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
3 Medicines for Malaria Ventures, Geneva, Switzerland

This presentation was given at the ACS Spring 2017 National Meeting & Exposition held in San Diego, USA.


The not-for-profit and academic sectors have become important sources of novel drug candidates, particularly for neglected and developing world diseases or niche indications. Drug discovery projects in these sectors are often conducted on a collaborative basis, pooling resources and experience across multiple research groups and using contract research organisations as appropriate. Several software platforms have been developed to facilitate the secure sharing of data across organisations, but in this talk we will discuss software approaches that focus on using these data to guide decisions regarding the selection and design of high quality compounds.

Malaria Infection Cycle

Given the limitations of the resources available to projects in these sectors, it important to quickly focus on chemical series and leads with the best possible chance of success downstream. Enabling this requires a combination of capabilities including visualisation and analysis of project data, interpretation of structure-activity relationships and predictive modelling to guide the design of new compounds for synthesis and testing. In this talk, we will describe the underlying methods and illustrate how they can be linked to platforms for sharing of data, to facilitate collaborative approaches to drug optimisation.

We will illustrate the approaches described in this talk with an application to a drug discovery project targeting malaria.

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