Some Clouds Are Lined With Silver, Some Are Lined With Gold

July 1, 2015

Some Clouds Are Lined With Silver, Some Are Lined With Gold

From the desk of S. Louise-May, CDD Advocate

As a research scientist in the health field, concerned with hastening the pace of therapeutic advances, my pulse quickens at the thought of clouds laden with research data, coalescing into a storm of Eureka moments. I imagine new collaborations and alliances producing a rain of ideas and hypotheses to quench the drought of therapies for the many ills that plague our bodies.

Photographer: Kohji Asakawa

While Google and Apple wrestle over who will siphon the most data into their private storehouses, other companies and organizations have established and promoted the Cloud as a conduit for collective gains, offering the vision and potential for a Cloud lined with gold.

These entities have promoted and developed the Cloud for collaboration, for equalizing access and visibility and for keeping their community connected to the forefront of advances in the many niche research fields working on life saving therapies. By using the Cloud to encourage active participation and contribution for either secure collaborations or open collaborations, they are transforming the way therapeutic research is being conducted and the pace and frequency of significant breakthroughs.

We’re interested in hearing and sharing your stories, either via email to [email protected] or via CDD Spotlight interviews around these three emerging areas:

  • Facilitating access between chemists/biologists, companies/CROs, foundations/research groups. How can we redefine collaborations?
  • Encouraging collaboration; within a research project using modern tools, such as the CDD Vault and the new CDD Vision module, either within research groups (shared projects within a single CDD Vault), or securely across the industry within a specific therapeutic field (secure sharing of external and private data with “Collaborations Between Vaults”)
  • Accelerating Innovation; combining traditional private, secure drug discovery with the emerging benefits from open access data and open source projects such as open descriptors, models and collaborative drug discovery research tool development, and of course public data sets.

This blog is authored by members of the CDD Vault community. CDD Vault is a hosted drug discovery informatics platform that securely manages both private and external biological and chemical data. It provides core functionality including chemical registration, structure activity relationship, chemical inventory, and electronic lab notebook capabilities!

CDD Vault: Drug Discovery Informatics your whole project team will embrace!