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Primeur weekly 2012-08-06

The Cloud

Oracle buys Xsigo ...

M2M player Arkessa chooses Telecloud, the data centre Cloud ...

Cavium unveils Project Thunder to reshape the next generation Cloud and data centre ...

Rackspace Open Cloud offers easily scalable computing and freedom from vendor lock-in ...

Transactional processing, secure in the Cloud - now a reality with TransCertain and RACE ...

Desktop Grids

Collaborative computing, pioneered at University of Wisconsin-Madison, helped drive LHC analysis ...

EuroFlash

Visualization Sciences Group announces acquisition of amira 3D visualization and analysis software for life sciences and bio-medical data ...

MPI-3.0 public draft and call for comments ...

Getting started with Allinea DDT tutorials ...

Rothamsted Research increases its DNA sequencing and analysis capability by adding the new Active Motif TimeLogic Biocomputing platform ...

USFlash

Cray reports strong second quarter 2012 results ...

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope ...

University of Rochester inaugurates new era of health care research ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas: start of joint drug discovery research for neglected tropical diseases ...

Mapping the future of climate change in Africa ...

Massive data for miniscule communities ...

HP boosts application performance with HP 3PAR solid state technology ...

California Institute of Technology selects Oracle's StorageTek Tape Storage to archive and access petabytes of scientific research data ...

A new high performance and fault-tolerant datacenter network for modular datacenters was proposed ...

FEI buys 3D Visualization Software Company ...

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas: start of joint drug discovery research for neglected tropical diseases

30 Jul 2012 Tokyo - Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas Pharma Inc. have signed a joint research agreement for drug discovery research utilizing Tokyo-Tech's TSUBAME2.0 supercomputer to efficiently discover candidates for the treatment of diseases caused by protozoan parasites.

Worldwide, many therepeutic areas with high unmet medical needs still remain that patients cannot be treated satisfactorily, such as neglected tropical diseases ("NTDs") which pose public health problems on a global scale. International efforts are ongoing against NTDs, and this joint research aims to contribute to the drug discovery for the treatment of diseases caused by protozoan parasites, such as leishmaniasis, chagas disease and sleeping sickness in NTDs.

Under this agreement, a research group led by Masakazu Sekijima, Ph.D., associate professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo-Tech and Astellas will co-operate in drug discovery for the treatment of diseases caused by protozoan parasites. This research will be conducted in two steps. In the first step, data mining of public information such as patents and published articles will be carried out to obtain useful and effective knowledge about the drug discovery for the treatments for diseases caused by protozoan parasites.

In the second step, in-silico screening will be performed to identify compounds which are predicted to have anti-protozoan activities. Tokyo-Tech boasts Japan's first petaflop class supercomputer TSUBAME2.0, and will assume responsibility for data mining and for in-silico screening calculations of commercially available compounds. Astellas will be responsible for preparing input data for data mining, selecting, and listing of compounds to be evaluated based on the in-silico screening calculations, thereby implementing efficient drug discovery in a short time period.

Tokyo-Tech and Astellas will work together to discover drugs in a short time period for patients suffering from NTDs caused by protozoan parasites, through their joint research efforts aiming to contribute to improve global public health problems.

Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-08-06

The Cloud

Oracle buys Xsigo ...

M2M player Arkessa chooses Telecloud, the data centre Cloud ...

Cavium unveils Project Thunder to reshape the next generation Cloud and data centre ...

Rackspace Open Cloud offers easily scalable computing and freedom from vendor lock-in ...

Transactional processing, secure in the Cloud - now a reality with TransCertain and RACE ...

Desktop Grids

Collaborative computing, pioneered at University of Wisconsin-Madison, helped drive LHC analysis ...

EuroFlash

Visualization Sciences Group announces acquisition of amira 3D visualization and analysis software for life sciences and bio-medical data ...

MPI-3.0 public draft and call for comments ...

Getting started with Allinea DDT tutorials ...

Rothamsted Research increases its DNA sequencing and analysis capability by adding the new Active Motif TimeLogic Biocomputing platform ...

USFlash

Cray reports strong second quarter 2012 results ...

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope ...

University of Rochester inaugurates new era of health care research ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Astellas: start of joint drug discovery research for neglected tropical diseases ...

Mapping the future of climate change in Africa ...

Massive data for miniscule communities ...

HP boosts application performance with HP 3PAR solid state technology ...

California Institute of Technology selects Oracle's StorageTek Tape Storage to archive and access petabytes of scientific research data ...

A new high performance and fault-tolerant datacenter network for modular datacenters was proposed ...

FEI buys 3D Visualization Software Company ...

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution ...