Utrecht University Licenses MetaDrug from GeneGo for Drug Innovation
News Nov 21, 2007
MetaDrug is designed for predicting biological effects such as indications, toxicity and off-target effects for new compounds structures. Its content includes xenobiotics with known activity, endogenous metabolites and reactions, as well as pathways, networks and diseases which are important for knowledge-based drug discovery.
"Our research students of drug innovation should learn to see the big picture as soon as possible, in order to become effective drug researchers. MetaDrug is state-of-the-art, but still very accessible to the novice user," said Dr Ed Moret. "We really like the support and training they have offered to our students."
"GeneGo is very serious about including MetaDrug in academic environments especially for teaching," said Julie Bryant, Vice President of Business Development for GeneGo. "Academia pushes the limits of MetaDrug which allows us to further adapt it for new areas of medicinal chemistry and they publish new applications that we may not even have thought of using it in such a way.
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