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Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42GM062050-02A1
Agency Tracking Number: GM062050
Amount: $2,073,798.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (301) 738-6217
Business Contact
Phone: (301) 340-0699
Research Institution

Today, promising new protein targets for small molecule drugs are being discovered rapid. With increasing frequency, the 3D structures of these proteins are available or can be modeled from known protein structures. Demand is therefor growing for software to support structure-based discovery of protein ligands as candidate drugs. However, existing software leaves enormous room for improvement in accuracy, usability, and cost. VeraChem aims to meet the need for improved drug-discovery methods by developing novel models and algorithms for ligand discovery, and incorporating these methods into commercial software applications. Two applications will be developed in this project. One will guide non-experts through standard procedures of docking compounds to a receptor and scoring them to identify candidate ligands, and will permit generation of a straightforward report to be shared with colleagues. The other application will include additional features, will provide a higher degree of control and interactivity, and will allow large calculations to be off-loaded to high-performance computer resources. Barriers to use of these applications will be kept low through the use of clear user- interfaces, low prices, and portability across commonly used computers. The cost of software development will be minimized by the use of VeraChem's proprietary software development environment. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: A flood of biological data is producing rapid growth in our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of human disease. This growth has the potential to substantially improve human health through the invention of small molecules (ligands) that bind targeted proteins. The normal progression of research from target identification to drug-discovery will thus generate strong growth in the demand for products that minimize the time and cost of the ligand discovery process. The software to be developed in this project aims to meet this demand.

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