14 Jul 2014 Research Triangle Park - Cloud Pharmaceuticals Inc., a therapeutics company focused on Cloud-based drug design and development, has expanded its drug design and development programme. The company has been granted supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratory to design inhibitors of multiple parasitic targets.
Through a discretionary allocation of 1 million core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), researchers at Cloud Pharmaceuticals will use Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to investigate inhibitors of the dihydrofolate reductase enzyme, or DHFR, from multiple sources. The purpose is to identify leading drug candidates for broad-impact, anti-parasitic therapeutics targeting several orphan diseases including malaria. The results will be published to the scientific community and general public. Preclinical development is expected to follow.
"Very often, the same protein will mutate and cause different types of illness or disease. Targeting this protein at a molecular level helps to identify a more effective treatment protocol", stated Ed Addison, CEO of Cloud Pharmaceuticals.
Cloud Pharmaceuticals is using a highly parallel, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) computational chemistry algorithm and bioinformatics tools to increase the accuracy of the algorithms used in drug discovery. Cloud Pharmaceuticals also uses its Inverse Design in silico drug design technology and applies novel artificial intelligence algorithms to search through large portions of molecular space to identify the best drug candidates.