The Indian Centre for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (CCBT) is to use Cresset’s Forge and Spark software tools for lead optimisation and identification. The CCBT is located at The Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), a research institute in Bangalore, India.
The CCBT, which is directed by Professor Ashok Venkitaraman in an international collaboration between the University of Cambridge, in the UK, and inStem,is developing new approaches for chemical biology and therapeutics by developing new methods for small-molecule drug discovery. Cresset's Forge will be used in the new computational chemistry group in the CCBT.
Dr Kavitha Bharatham, who leads the computational chemistry team at CCBT, said: ‘Having used Cresset’s software in my previous role, I am very keen to apply it to our work at CCBT. My experience with Forge and Spark makes me confident that they will be valuable tools for our research. The support I have received from Cresset staff has been excellent, and I am very pleased to introduce their computational tools to CCBT for our lead optimisation and identification projects. I am confident that we will achieve our goals.’
Professor Ashok Venkitaraman, who directs the CCBT, added: ‘The CCBT aims to pioneer innovative new approaches for using chemical tools to understand the biology of human diseases like cancer, and to develop new avenues for therapy. I am pleased that we will be licensing Cresset’s software for our work.’