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Antony J. Williams

Sean Ekins

Over the last few years we have seen the internet rapidly become the first port of call for all information searches and, no surprise, this extends to drug discovery (e.g. PubMed, Google etc.). We are seeing an increasing array of open chemistry-related resources available, predominantly databases of chemical substances, biological data and chemical vendor information...


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  Top Reviews
a Drug discovery in the era of Facebook—new tools for scientific networking
David S. Bailey, Edward D. Zanders
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Social networking is beginning to make an impact on the drug discovery process. While bioinformatics and chemoinformatics underpin research at a scientific level, rapid communication between individual researchers across continents now allows the global exchange of ideas, tools and technologies...
a Novel web-based tools combining chemistry informatics, biology and social networks for drug discovery
Moses Hohman, Kellan Gregory, Kelly Chibale, Peter J. Smith, Sean Ekins, Barry Bunin
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A convergence of different commercial and publicly accessible chemical informatics, databases and social networking tools is positioned to change the way that research collaborations are initiated, maintained and expanded, particularly in the realm of neglected diseases...
a A perspective of publicly accessible/open-access chemistry databases
Antony J. Williams
Drug Discovery Today

Web-based technologies, coupled with a drive for improved communication between scientists, have resulted in the proliferation of scientific opinion, data and knowledge at an ever-increasing rate. The availability of tools to host wikis and blogs has provided the necessary building blocks for scientists with only a rudimentary understanding of computer software science...

  Abstracts of Key Research Articles

Williams AJ. Public chemical compound databases. Curr Opin Drug Discov Devel. 2008 May;11(3):393-404.

Bingham A, Ekins S. Competitive collaboration in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Drug Discov Today. 2009 Dec;14(23-24):1079-81.

Hunter AJ. The Innovative Medicines Initiative: a pre-competitive initiative to enhance the biomedical science base of Europe to expedite the development of new medicines for patients. Drug Discov Today. 2008 May;13(9-10):371-3.

Barnes MR, Harland L, Foord SM, Hall MD, Dix I, Thomas S, Williams-Jones BI, Brouwer CR. Lowering industry firewalls: pre-competitive informatics initiatives in drug discovery. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2009 Sep;8(9):701-8.

Oprea TI, Bologa CG, Boyer S, Curpan RF, Glen RC, Hopkins AL, Lipinski CA, Marshall GR, Martin YC, Ostopovici-Halip L, Rishton G, Ursu O, Vaz RJ, Waller C, Waldmann H, Sklar LA. A crowdsourcing evaluation of the NIH chemical probes. Nat Chem Biol. 2009 Jul;5(7):441-7.

Tohge T, Fernie AR. Web-based resources for mass-spectrometry-based metabolomics: a user's guide. Phytochemistry. 2009 Mar;70(4):450-6.

Kosaka T, Tohsato Y, Date S, Matsuda H, Shimojo S. An OGSA-based integration of life-scientific resources for drug discovery. Methods Inf Med. 2005;44(2):257-61.

Bembenek SD, Tounge BA, Coats SJ, Reynolds CH. A Web-based chemoinformatics system for drug discovery. Methods Mol Biol. 2004;275:65-84.

Schleyer T, Spallek H, Butler BS, Subramanian S, Weiss D, Poythress ML, Rattanathikun P, Mueller G. Facebook for scientists: requirements and services for optimizing how scientific collaborations are established. J Med Internet Res. 2008 Aug 13;10(3):e24

Ertl P, Jelfs S. Designing drugs on the internet? Free web tools and services supporting medicinal chemistry. Curr Top Med Chem. 2007;7(15):1491-501.

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