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Modelling software: request for information

pmiller pmiller at funtv.com
Wed Jul 29 13:50:30 EST 1998

Philip Miller, PhD
BITS: Bioinformational Technical Services

Dr C Sansom wrote:

> Hello,
> I have been commissioned by "Nature Biotechnology" to write a short piece
> on the current use of software for drug design in the pharmaceutical
> industry. I will not be reviewing any specific programs or tools; my
> intention is more to talk generally about the types of software that is
> around and how useful it is for the particular tasks of a structure-based
> drug design team working in industry: specifically, target identification,
> homology modelling, ligand design and optimisation.  I would like to
> represent the views of people working in companies ranging from the mega-
> multinationals to startup biotechs and I am particularly interested to
> hear from those based outside the UK.
> I would be very grateful if any of you were prepared to help me with this
> research.  This would be likely to involve either a fairly short phone
> call or answering an email questionnaire. If you are able to help, please
> email me at the address below (which is *not* the address this is posted
> from). The deadline for the article is mid-August; many apologies for the
> shortness of notice.
> A word of advance warning: two more articles in this series are planned
> for later this year. These will be on, firstly, bioinformatics software
> and, secondly, the programs and tools used in taking a compound through
> pre-clinical development, clinical trials and registration. I would also
> be interested to know if any of you would be able to comment on the first
> of these, or to suggest people I could contact for the second.
> To fill in a little background, I am an experienced researcher in
> structural biology and molecular simulation, now working part time as a
> consultant and science writer specialising in this area.
> Thank you very much in advance.
> Best regards,
> Dr. Clare Sansom
> c.sansom at mail.cryst.bbk.ac.uk
> Honorary Teaching Fellow, Birkbeck College, London, UK
> Associate Consultant, Venus Internet Ltd., London, UK

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