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SeaChange: Computing targets
Monday, July 9, 2012
Pharmaceuticals Inc. is developing a computational method called
similarity ensemble approach to predict small molecule-target interactions that
could speed preclinical toxicology testing and help guide the design of novel
compounds. The company has shown the technique can detect off-target
interactions for existing drugs, and now is hoping to use it to identify
repurposing opportunities and to eventually fill its own pipeline with novel
Similarity ensemble approach
(SEA) predicts whether a compound will bind a target by comparing the
similarity of the compound's chemical groups to other known ligands of the
target. The statistical comparison is based on the premise that drugs of
similar structure will bind similar targets.
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