C&EN Webinar

The Predict-First Paradigm: How Digital Chemistry is Changing Drug Discovery

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Biological & Medicinal Chemistry

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Drug discovery chemists often ask two common questions: “What is the most efficient way to test my hypothesis?” and “How can I iterate on my ideas quickly?”

Digital chemistry offers a modern paradigm for answering these questions by enabling rapid in silico testing of design ideas using highly accurate digital assays of key properties, accessible across whole project teams. This shift from design strategies based largely on experimental trial and error towards a ‘predict-first’ approach to drug discovery allows teams to dramatically expand the pool of molecules that can be explored and results in a highly interactive and fully in silico design-make-test-analyze (DMTA) cycle. Chemists are empowered to test hypotheses through predictive modeling and iteratively improve designs prior to compound synthesis. Teams can confidently spend time and energy exploring new, unknown, and often more complex designs while sending only the top performing molecules for synthesis.

In this webinar, we will walk through the digital chemistry strategy used by Schrödinger’s Therapeutics Group, which has led to several successful clinical-stage drug candidates. We will demonstrate how this strategy is based in LiveDesign, Schrödinger’s cloud-native, collaborative enterprise informatics platform, which empowers teams to design, computationally assess, and prioritize new compounds together in real-time.


Wade Miller

Senior Scientist, Schrödinger, Inc.

Olivia Lynes

Strategic Deployment Manager, Schrödinger, Inc.

Eugene Hickey

Senior Research Leader, Therapeutics Group, Schrödinger, Inc.

Alice Hooper

Senior Scientist, Therapeutics Group, Schrödinger, Inc.

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