Design a Molecule Contest Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner of our second Design a Molecule Contest; congratulations to Chris Swain of Macs in Chemistry!    His excellent design for an anti-malarial molecule has won him a brand new iPad2.  In this contest we asked contestants to design a molecule that mimics a known ligand for Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase as seen in the protein ligand crystal structure 3O8A.  Chris’s design scored very highly in FieldAlign and we are looking at synthesis options for this clever molecular design.

Although the winning molecule’s structure will remain confidential to maintain its IP position, below you will see the fields surrounding the original molecule on the left, and Chris’s design on the right.

Design a Molecule Winner-July6

The Design a Molecule Contests are an excellant way to trial the FieldAlign software for free, hone your design skills and potentially win an iPad2.  Our next contest will be launched shortly before the ACS Fall 2011 National Meeting and Expositionon this August and run until 30th September.   Stop by the Cresset stand at this meeting in Denver, or stay tuned to our newsfeed for details!