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Assessing the Potential of Open Source Initiatives in Drug Discovery

Open Source initiatives have proliferated across many areas of research including drug discovery. The surge in their popularity has been largely attributed to their benefits of enabling open collaboration between multiple parties. As Open Source for drug discovery continues to increase and diversify, it will be useful to understand its potential benefits as well as any shortfalls with their use in drug discovery.

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: June 10, 2014
Tags: Drug Discovery, Open Source, Open Source for drug discovery, Sheraz Gul


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Cloud Computing and Drug Discovery

Cloud computing is likely to become an essential technology in the pharmaceutical industry. While some of the purported benefits such as the computer-aided screening are not likely to transform the pharmaceutical industry, its many other advantages such as the ability to afford a potentially vast amount of computational power will remain crucial in augmenting the competitiveness of a pharmaceutical company.

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: July 23, 2013
Tags: cloud computing, Drug Discovery


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REVIEW: 8th Annual Smartlabs Exchange

Columnist Sheraz Gul shares highlights of the recent 8th Annual Smartlabs Exchange. The main themes included the future of lab informatics, implementing solutions to improve efficiency, data integration and smart knowledge sharing, enabling a more efficient lab.

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: April 4, 2013
Tags: 8th Annual Smartlabs Exchange, Sheraz Gul, informatics, lab informatics, data integration, smart knowledge sharing, Big Data


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The role of IT initiatives by the European "Innovative Medicines Initiative" in supporting drug discovery

We are currently witnessing an expansion in the disciplines encompassing drug discovery outside the pharmaceutical industry. This is most notable with a significant number of Universities worldwide now hosting infrastructures such as compound libraries and automated screening systems.

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: February 28, 2013
Tags: informatics, Drug Discovery, Innovative Medicines Initiative, IMI, bioinformatics, cheminformatics


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Review: 11th Annual ELNs and Advanced Laboratory Solutions Conference

Sheraz Gul reviews the recent 11th Annual ELNs & Advanced Laboratory Solutions Conference, which recently took place in Milan

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: November 7, 2012
Tags: ELNs, LIMS, informatics, Sheraz Gul, ELNS and LIMs conference pharma IQ


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Implementing an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) in pre-clinical drug discovery?

The pre-clinical phase of drug discovery  involves many years of research being conducted by multi-disciplinary teams. These teams will generate significant amounts of data which are processed using standard as well as specialist software.  Traditionally, most of the information generated would typically be recorded using paper-based laboratory notebooks (ELN) and the associated electronic data... Read more

by: Sheraz Gul
Published: August 29, 2012
Tags: ELNs, Pre-clinical drug discovery, Assay Development, HIT generation