Discovery Decisions – Collaborating in Data Management
M. Segall and C. Leeding, European Biopharmaceutical Review, 2018, pp 66-69. © Samedan Ltd
Find out what Matt and Chris had to say when asked how software can support discovery decisions.
From initial hit to development candidate, drug discovery is an iterative process. At each stage when making discovery decisions, the latest results are reviewed in the context of all the project data, to choose compounds for progression or identify key structure-activity relationships (SAR) that guide the design of new compounds for synthesis. These activities are usually supported by software for data analysis, visualisation and predictive modelling.
However, obstacles remain to the effective use of such software. Different applications are often used for each function. Scientists may use one to retrieve data from their database, another to visualise their results and a third for predicting properties of new compounds they are considering for synthesis. Just moving and reformatting data for each software application can be time consuming and error-prone. Furthermore, scientists need to learn multiple user interfaces, each with a different ‘look and feel’. Some software, for example visualising protein-ligand interactions in 3 dimensions, may be available only to expert computational chemists. This can lead to delays while waiting for an expert to be available and creates the potential for important details to be ‘lost in translation’.
In this article, we will discuss the requirements for a platform to overcome these challenges and support effective decision-making from data to design. Bringing together all of the information revealed by different analyses may reveal new insights and will foster collaboration between different disciplines, leading to more rapid progress and higher quality compounds.
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With its comprehensive suite of integrated software, StarDrop™ delivers best-in-class in silico technologies within a highly visual and user-friendly interface. StarDrop™ enables a seamless flow from the latest data through predictive modelling to decision-making regarding the next round of synthesis and research, improving the speed, efficiency, and productivity of the drug optimisation and discovery process.