CEO end of year message 2018

Dr Robert Scoffin, CEO

As we near the end of the year I’ve been reflecting on the progress we’ve made. During 2018 we’ve seen major developments in Cresset Discovery Services, in software development, and in our application science team in particular, but wherever I look in the company there are exciting activities and new faces. Here are a few highlights of the past year.

Our landmark structure-based design tool, Flare™, has been expanded to include Electrostatic Complementarity™, ensemble docking and much more, making it a truly powerful design environment for medicinal chemists. Not forgetting our computational chemist audience, we’ve also added a Python API, making Flare a new playground for computational chemists, scripters and developers.

The year also saw us reveal an exciting new development project: a web-based platform for small molecule discovery. In case you missed the announcement, have a look at this sneak peek at next generation collaborative 3D design. This project, combined with our collaboration with Elixir Software, will deliver a platform that will radically increase the efficiency of drug discovery by managing, analyzing and reporting all processes within and between drug discovery projects. Further details will be announced next year.

One of the highlights of any year is always the many customer interactions we enjoy – not least at our annual Users’ Group Meeting. In June we were honoured to welcome delegates and presenters from all over the world to share their research progress and scientific successes. Even if you were not able to attend, many of the presentations are available online. As always, delegates expressed their appreciation of the science presented and the hands-on workshops. You are warmly invited to join us for the 2019 UGM on June 20-21 in Cambridge, UK.

As our software development and commercial activities increase, we’re delighted to have welcomed several new team members, including Dr Andy Smith who has joined Cresset Discovery Services as Discovery Services Scientist, based at BioHub, Alderley Park, UK.

I’d like to sincerely thank you, our customers, partners and the Cresset team, for all of your input and support. We look forward to delivering more outstanding applications to enhance your research in 2019 and beyond.