Collaborative Drug Discovery Announces New NIH Grant to Develop Cloud Workspaces for Drug Discovery

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The $1,709,779 grant from the NCATS will allow CDD to build a robust framework for tightly Integrated translational drug discovery computational platforms

Burlingame, California — December 5, 2022 — Collaborative Drug Discovery has received a $1,709,776 grant from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences provides CDD Vault for the development of cloud workspaces for drug discovery.

Collaborative Drug Discovery, Inc. (CDD) proposes to develop Cloud Workspaces for Drug Discovery – a novel informatics framework that will enable scientists engaged in drug discovery and translation to effortlessly, robustly, and securely integrate disparate databases and computational tools distributed across multiple systems and vendors into highly-efficient, custom-tailored computational workflows. Our innovative technology will solve a critical problem that hinders drug discovery and translation efforts: scientists in this field typically need to combine chemical and biological data from several sources, run them through multiple software packages that specialize in different types of analyses and visualization, then ideally store the results of the analyses together with their underlying experimental data. Today, this type of integration is difficult and expensive to accomplish and typically fragile, creating a large barrier to (i) exploiting the rapidly increasing number of high-quality public-access data repositories and (ii) evaluating promising new analytical tools and strategies. Monolithic platforms offer to solve this problem by bringing everything together under one roof, but they are extremely expensive and they limit flexibility: no single platform can offer every capability. The alter- native approach – stringing together discrete resources – evolved during the era of desktop computing and does not translate well to modern cloud-based workflows and in particular to the challenges of performing computationally intensive operations that require combining large datasets distributed across remote systems. Cloud Workspaces (CW) aims to combine the strengths and avoid the weaknesses of these two extremes. CW will in essence allow users to easily create their own individualized cloud-hosted solutions tailored to their unique requirements and workflows. Our approach offers the performance, robustness, and ease of use of a monolithic software solution, but without the associated inflexibility and vendor lock in. It offers the flexibility and openness of combining discrete resources, but without the associated integration challenges and fragility, and it advances the pipelining approach to embrace cloud-based models and to encompass distributed data resources without compromising performance or security. In Phase 1 we proved that we could robustly and efficiently synchronize biological and chemical data (transferring only new or modified data while retaining correct association of chemical identifiers) between the CW container environment and remote databases, which was a challenging but essential prerequisite for our concept. In Phase 2 we will complete development of CW and demonstrate its effectiveness with multiple real-world applications together with software application partners and beta customer end users. The market for the technology ranges from academics to small and medium size companies to the large pharmaceutical firms.

About Collaborative Drug Discovery, Inc.

CDD’s (www.collaborativedrug.com) flagship product, “CDD Vault®”, is used to manage chemical registration, structure-activity relationships (SAR), and securely scale collaborations. CDD Vault® is a hosted database solution for secure management and sharing of biological and chemical data. It lets you intuitively organize chemical structures and biological study data, and collaborate with internal or external partners through an easy to use web interface. Available modules within CDD Vault include Activity & Registration, Visualization, Inventory, and ELN.

A complete list of more than 60 publications and patents from CDD can be found online on our resources page at https://www.collaborativedrug.com/publications-and-resources/.

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Media Contact: Barry Bunin, Ph.D., Collaborative Drug Discovery, [email protected]