Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ikerchem: Pharmacy, Chemical and Computational Design

Extremely good and important news:

"IkerChem specializes in the computational design and synthesis of Novel Chemical Entities (NCEs) with therapeutic applications in oncology."

They have recently won a National entrepreneurship award, prestigious emprendedorxxi sponsored by la Caixa.

Surfing the web I found this interesting interview in English. I would like to highlight the following part:

"Computing greatly facilitates laboratory work, is that right?

Yes, undoubtedly; and even more so being a small enterprise. One of the approaches of the multinationals is to take a group of compounds and subject them to massive trials to see which are the four or five molecules that might function. We do not have the wherewithal to carry out this in such a wide-scale manner. This is why our approach is based on analysing the biological system on the computer and undertaking amore selective search."

Finally a video from the contest -in spanish, though:

And this is what I call multidisciplinary and success. A group that emerged from the basque university, that probably used its computing and modest resources and that has such a promising future ahead. These are the people to help.

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