Cresset Chemistry Software Available Free to Degree Students and at Low Cost to Academic Researchers

Welwyn Garden City, UK – 18th March 2013 – Cresset, innovative provider of chemistry software and services, expands their Academic Access program, offering free software bursaries for all PhD and postdoc students and low cost licenses for all other academic researchers.

Cresset’s leading chemistry software Spark, Torch, Forge and Blaze enables researchers to design and discover the best new active molecules for life science research.

Dr Robert Scoffin, CEO of Cresset, says, “We believe our software offers unparalleled insight into the way that molecules interact on a biological basis. Making it available for academic research and teaching and low or no cost will bring great benefit to students and research groups alike. We continually see our field based tools transform the understanding of molecular interactions and we are proud to be sharing this with the academic community.”

Dr Simon Cocklin, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Drexel University College of Medicine has been using Cresset’s software for his research. He says, “We have had interesting and exciting results from Blaze, Torch and Spark experiments which have led to us designing a novel entry inhibitor for HIV-1 with a new scaffold.”

He adds, “Cresset’s software has also been invaluable for teaching members of my research group about hit-to-lead optimization and inhibitor design as a whole because Cresset’s representation of a compound is more intuitive for those people who are more biologically than chemistry oriented. The support from Cresset has been exceptional and we look forward to continuing our partnership through this project and beyond.”

Free software bursary – Spark, Torch, Forge

Any post-graduate, PhD and post-doc student enrolled in a defined degree course is entitled to a free one year named user license for Cresset desktop products. Students should apply to Cresset with a description of the project and the intended use of the software:

Low cost one year licenses – Spark, Torch, Forge, Blaze

A low-cost one year license is available to individual academics or to academic groups of up to five members of the same lab group. Email for more details.

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