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NCBiotech Hosts Computerized Drug Design Gathering

By Carol Long, CDL Communications, NCBiotech Guest Blogger

Attendees at the In Silico Drug Discovery Conference gathered December 3 and 4, 2014 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Thought leaders from industry and academia gathered recently at the In Silico Drug Discovery Conference to discuss the future of research and development of new therapeutics.

Topics of discussion at the conference, which took place December 3 and 4, 2014 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, included how computer-aided drug design can help reduce cost and time to market and improve the effectiveness of new medicines.

 “It is widely recognized that traditional drug discovery and development are spiraling out of control with increased costs and lower success rates. It is also commonly believed that this effort will only be rescued by the increased and more effective application of IT to the drug discovery and development process,” said Lawrence Husick, founder and chairman of the board of directors of Quantum Cures Foundation, one of the event sponsors. “If the vision of precision medicine and eventually personalized medicine is to happen, it is important that new breakthroughs and better applications emerge for computational drug discovery.”

Conference attendees heard from leading practitioners about intellectual property, methods in computational drug discovery, applications in computational drug discovery, and optimizing drug discovery. Presenters discussed what works and what doesn't to help pave the way for future success. There were lively discussions and debates from a community of professionals who are interested in exploring how best to shape the future of drug discovery.

A number of people helped make the conference a success including the Scientific Advisory Committee, sponsors Autodesk, Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Quantum Cures Foundation, Schrodinger, BioIT Solutions, ChemAxon, and PreClinix, keynote speakers, and numerous presenters and poster participants.

For information about the event and to read abstracts of the presentations, please visit

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